Washington, DC- After a long battle, the House voted to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 through passing H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act.

The following can be attributed to Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform:

“American privacy was the big winner when the House passed the Email Privacy Act! They send the bill to the Senate after a 419 -0 vote.  If the Senate concurs the government will need a warrant to read your e-mails—just as they have always needed a warrant to read your snail mail.

This should pass the Senate easily where there are over 25 co-sponsors including both Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders.”

Katie McAuliffe, ATR’s Federal Affairs Manager and Executive Director of Digital Liberty said,

“Passage of the Email Privacy Act was a large bipartisan effort and a major victory in securing American’s digital privacy. Updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is absolutely necessary in order to secure the privacy of emails and other items stored in the Cloud.”