Rep. Yoder's Bipartisan Email Privacy Amendment Unanimously Adopted in Committee
Rep. Yoder’s Bipartisan Email Privacy Amendment Unanimously Adopted in Committee
Amendment ensures 4th Amendment protections cover emails
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Yoder offered an amendment today that was unanimously adopted during a House Appropriations Committee hearing. The amendment affirms agencies under the jurisdiction of the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill must extend the same Fourth Amendment privacy protections to electronic communications as they do to hard mail and other private documents. The amendment means government agencies must obtain a search warrant to obtain and view emails from third-party service providers. The Yoder amendment was adopted unanimously by the Appropriations Committee, and the language is now included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget for the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill.
“The IRS, SEC, and other government agencies have stated Americans don’t have an expectation of privacy with their email. I completely disagree. By passing this amendment, the Appropriations Committee is taking a critical step towards ensuring all Americans are protected by the Fourth Amendment – their mail, documents on their desks at home, and now their private emails,” stated Congressman Kevin Yoder. “As the way we communicate with each other has dramatically changed over the past twenty years, our electronic communications laws have not kept pace. This amendment is a significant step, and I thank my colleagues for their support of my amendment.”
Congressman Yoder’s Email Privacy Act continues to gain significant and broad bipartisan support in the House. H.R. 1852 currently has 120 co-sponsors; including 90 Republicans and 30 Democrats.