The Email Privacy Act (HR 699) passed unanimously in the House, 419-0—an unheard of vote. The American Library Association Washington Office’s District Dispatch reports that “The successful joint effort produced a bill that will amend ECPA [Electronic Communications Privacy Act] so that, for the first time, any authority seeking the actual content of an individual’s emails, texts, tweets, online photos, files stored in the cloud and other electronic communications will first have to get a real search warrant from a real judge.”
All of Maryland’s Representatives voted for the bill except Congressman Van Hollen, who did not vote. Please take the time to contact your Representative and thank them for their support, especially Congressmen Cummings, Edwards and Harris who co-sponsored the bill.
The work is entirely done. The bill has now moved over to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hope is that the Senate will either pass HR 699 or its own similar bill, S 356.
For more information, see the article in the District Dispatch.