A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has reintroduced aÂ billÂ that would require law enforcement officials to secure a warrant to access emails.
TheÂ Email Privacy Act aims to update theÂ 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy ActÂ and would allowÂ law enforcement to access emails older than 180 days throughÂ third-party providers without a warrant,Â Rep. Suzan DelBene’s (D-Washington) officeÂ said Monday.
Delbene joined Reps. Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas) and Jared Polis (D-Colorado) to push for the adoption ofÂ the bill, whichÂ passed the House last year throughÂ a 419-0 vote but was not acted on by the Senate.
The Email Privacy ActÂ will remove the “180-day” rule; require a warrant to obtain content from providers; authorizeÂ companiesÂ to notify customers when the government requests their data; and allow government to request a judge-ordered delay of notification in certain circumstances.
DelBene said the legislation seeksÂ to protect civil liberties in the digital age and that she will work to address other ECPA-related matters such as geolocation information and data stored overseas.