House Judiciary Committee Acts on ECPA

Today, the House Judiciary Committee approved a version of the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) to bring the Electronic Communications Privacy Act into the 21st century.

The Email Privacy Act would require a warrant for law enforcement to obtain the content of emails, online documents, and other private electronic communications. The Manager’s Substitute Amendment, introduced by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), creates no special carve-outs for federal civil agencies, as had been the subject of some debate.

Support for ECPA reform was one of AALL’s top priorities during our recent Virtual Lobby Day. We commend the Judiciary Committee for unanimously approving the Email Privacy Act and urge the House to act quickly to pass the bill.

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