WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Email Privacy Act reached 300 cosponsors today, and it continues to be the most supported bill in the House of Representatives that has not been passed. Sponsored by Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Jared Polis (D-CO), the bill would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to ensure Americans’ online communications are protected from unwarranted government intrusion.
“I want to thank Representative Zeldin for being the 300th Member of Congress to join the more than 100,000 Americans, liberal and conservative advocacy groups, and numerous tech employers in standing up and declaring that we must bring our digital privacy rights into the 21st Century. Administration officials and legislators opposed to our bill are out on an island on this issue, and that island continues to shrink by the day.” said Rep. Kevin Yoder.
“With 300 cosponsors of the Email Privacy Act, Congress has reached a clear consensus: Americans need Fourth Amendment protections for their digital communications, and they need them now. Representatives who agree on virtually no other issue agree that we should pass this bill. Few ideas unite the public like the need to bring our digital privacy laws into the 21st century. The growing supermajority of the House that has lined up behind the Email Privacy Act is only the latest proof that it is time for Congress to finally pass it into law,” said Rep. Jared Polis.
“I am proud to join with a bipartisan super majority in Congress to cosponsor the Email Privacy Act, which would bring much needed protections to American citizens’ online privacy in a rapidly expanding technological world. I want to thank Congressman Yoder for his leadership on this very important issue,” said Rep. Lee Zeldin.
“With supermajority support for the Email Privacy Act in the House, there is no good or legitimate reason for this legislation not to go directly to the floor for a vote. It does not need amendments. It has been vetted for over six years. Procrastinating on something so clear cut and simple is baffling. The Email Privacy Act does exactly what our forefathers intended as the Bill of Rights’ 4th Amendment,” said Katie McAuliffe, Federal Affairs Manager at Americans for Tax Reform and member of the Digital 4th coalition.
“It seems like the only thing standing in the way of passage is opposition from federal civil agencies who seek greater investigative powers,” said Chris Calabrese, Vice President for Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology and a member of the Digital 4th coalition. “Given House Republicans’ concerns about federal government overreach, it would be ironic if this was the issue that prevented Americans from enjoying real privacy reform.”