As reported in District Dispatch less than a month ago, ALA President Julie Todaro called on both Chambers of Congress to immediately pass H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act. This critical and long overdue legislation had just been reintroduced after unanimously passing the House last year before stalling in the Senate. If approved in the current Congress, the bill finally will extend full 4th Amendment privacy protection to all Americans’ emails, texts, tweets, cloud-stored photos and files, and other electronic communications. Now is the time to start making that a reality.
On Monday, February 6, the entire House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 387 using a special procedure that will protect it from amendments and expedite the process. That procedure (known as a suspension of the rules) also requires that it receive support from two-thirds of the Representatives voting, not as a simple majority. The bill should have no trouble clearing that hurdle. Given how many Members of Congress and their staffs are brand new—and how important this vote is—we cannot afford to sit back and watch.
No matter where you live, now is the time to bring the 4th Amendment fully into the 21st century by calling, emailing, and/or texting your Member of Congress through the ALA Action Center.
Help us send the Email Privacy Act to the Senate with another unanimous vote in the House. With the crucial vote on H.R. 387 set for Monday, we have no time to lose. Contact your Representative now.
Coalition Letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of House Judiciary Committee urging support of HR 387, the Email privacy Act, to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of January 30, 2017
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