Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Protect your Fourth Amendment rights

From Demand Progress:

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. What?!

Congress has the the chance to fix this. There is a bill in the House called the Email Privacy Act that would do just that – with 310 cosponsors it's the most popular bill in Congress.

The bill would require the government 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!

Tell the House Judiciary Committee to vote on this popular bill and protect our Fourth Amendment right to email privacy.

Few bills ever reach such 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 Fourth Amendment privacy rights have convinced some in Congress to delay – or even block – the bill's 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.

Thank you,

Mark Stanley
Demand Progress

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