Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) On the House Judiciary Committee Approving the Bipartisan Email Privacy Act

“Last year we partnered with Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers to protect Americans’ privacy in the USA FREEDOM Act, and now we applaud them for their leadership in moving the Email Privacy Act through the House Judiciary Committee.  This bill has unprecedented support from all corners of Congress and for good reason:  It ensures that the same privacy protections that apply to documents stored in our homes extend to our emails, photos, and information stored in the cloud.  These critical updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act will bring that law into the 21st century.  The broad, bipartisan coalition that cuts across industry, civil society, and academia deserves credit for their members’ tireless work to move this bill.  Congress has waited far too long to enact these reforms, but we are one step closer today.  We urge the full House to pass this bill soon so the Senate can do the same.  The American people deserve a law that matches today’s digital age.”


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