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Congressman Collins: Privacy Protections Must Catch Up to Modern Technology

Congressman Collins: Privacy Protections Must Catch Up to Modern Technology

WASHINGTON—Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a full committee markup of H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act. The bill, which was reported favorably out of committee by a 28-0 vote, amends the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to require law enforcement to obtain a warrant in order to obtain private electronic communications in investigations. Congressman Collins (R-Ga.), a cosponsor of the legislation, issued the following statement after the markup:

“As technology evolves, we must continue to update our laws to bring them in line with all of the great advances we have made. It is critical to modernize the decades-old ECPA to ensure sufficient privacy and civil liberties protections for users, while still giving law enforcement the legal avenues they need to do their job. This legislation ensures that electronic communications like emails, private Facebook messages, and browser history are subject to a uniform warrant standard.

“With new technology at our fingertips every day, it is critical that privacy protections and Constitutional protections are upheld. The Fourth Amendment still applies, and guarantees Americans protections from unreasonable search. The Email Privacy Act is one of the most widely-supported bills in the House, and I hope the bipartisan support and the Judiciary Committee’s unanimous vote to move the legislation forward will lead to prompt consideration by the full House. ”

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