Email Privacy Act H.R. 699 Passes US House of Representatives

By John Atienza on April 29, 2016


A completely unanimous vote was given for the passing of the Email Privacy Act. Privacy advocates are celebrating this as a win for U.S. citizens and companies. H.R. 699 is meant to reform the old Electronic Communications Privacy Act. H.R. 699 will require a warrant by the government before it can access email or other stored digital media that is more than 180 days old. As of right now, only a subpoena is needed to seek data from the service provider. The bill will now have to go through the Senate for approval.