HR 387

Email Privacy Act

Score:

5 out of 5

02/06/2017: Passed the House

02/07/2017: Sent to the Senate referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

The Email Privacy Act is the bill to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which governs how and when the government can view our electronic communications. The communication methods covered in the bill include email, as well as documents stored in the cloud.

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Pros

ECPA was originally written in 1986, and is grossly outdated considering the technological advances and shifts in communication since then. A bill to update this outdated law is necessary. The Email Privacy Act also requires a warrant for content, which is a positive.

Cons

Despite many positive provisions, this bill still doesn’t require the government to notify users when their data is obtained from companies like Google.

Tags:
  • Privacy,
  • United States