Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) On the House Judiciary Committee’s Plans to Consider the Bipartisan Email Privacy Act

“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.  Technology has dramatically changed in the three decades since that landmark legislation became law, and we have fought to pass bipartisan legislation that brings privacy protections for the digital world in line with those in the physical world. 

“It is good news that the House Judiciary Committee will finally take up the popular and bipartisan Email Privacy Act, companion legislation to the bill we introduced last year.  Our bill has broad bipartisan support from technology companies, consumer advocates, and many Americans.  Updating our digital privacy laws is long overdue and passing this bill should be a no-brainer.  This legislation has been held up too long by some who seek to exempt civil regulatory agencies from the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement.  We must pass this important piece of privacy legislation this year so that Americans who share photos, send emails, and text loved ones can do so knowing that their privacy rights are protected by a law that matches the needs of the 21st century.”

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