There's important legislation pending in Congress to protect your email privacy. More than 300 members of Congress have cosponsored it — but it still hasn't gotten a vote.
Click here to tell the House Judiciary Committee that it’s time to support email privacy rights!
The so-called Electronic Communications Privacy Act was passed 30 years ago, and it defies both the Constitution and common sense: It says the government can access emails without a warrant just because they're over 180 days old.
Congress has the chance to fix this. There is a bill in the House, known as the Email Privacy Act, that has 310 cosponsors — making it the most popular bill in Congress. The bill would require the government to get a warrant for email, just like it needs a warrant for postal mail. It’s a no-brainer, and if it went to a full vote tomorrow, it would pass in a landslide.
But it still hasn't even gotten a vote in committee!
Click here to tell Congress to vote on this popular bill and protect our email privacy.
Few bills ever reach such heights of popularity — this is a golden opportunity for Congress to demonstrate to all those disillusioned by Washington gridlock that Congress can actually stand for the public interest for once, and pass important, popular legislation.
But law enforcement officials who want to violate our privacy rights have convinced Congress to delay — or even block — its passage. The status quo gives them easy access to most of our emails without needing a warrant — and they want to keep it that way.
Please tell House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte and members of Congress to move forward with a vote and to pass the Email Privacy Act.
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