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The Email Privacy Act is Gaining Support

  • The Hill, Monday, March 3, 2014 4:55 PM

Legislation in the House that would end the warrantless searches of email records is gaining steam. The Email Privacy Act, legislation that would require law enforcement to get a warrant to search the email records of citizens, is taking off in the House. The bill, which from Reps. Kevin Yoder (R-Kans.), Tom Graves (R-Ga.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.), already has 181 co-sponsors in the House and the team is pursuing more support. The act would be an update to the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which allows the police to search emails without a warrant if they have been stored for more than 180 days.

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