Digital 4th released the following statement regarding the House Appropriations Committee’s approval of an amendment that prohibits the IRS, the SEC and other federal agencies from accessing Americans’ emails and other online communications without a warrant issued by a judge:
“Today, the effort to protect Americans’ online privacy took a huge step forward when the House Appropriations Committee voted to bar the IRS, the SEC and other federal regulators from accessing Americans’ emails and other online communications without a warrant issued by a judge. The overwhelming vote, on a bipartisan basis, shows that Congress supports updating our laws to make it clear that the protections of the Fourth Amendment also apply to electronic data.
“The members of Digital 4th applaud Congressman Yoder for his leadership in offering this amendment protecting citizens’ privacy. As Cong. Yoder said, most Americans were shocked to learn earlier this year that the IRS was arguing that citizens had no reasonable expectation of privacy in their personal email. This amendment reaffirms what most Americans already assumed – that the search warrant protections of the Constitution also apply to their electronic communications. We thank all Members who voted for this common sense provision. We look forward to working to support its passage in the full House and full Senate.”