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Congressman Kevin Yoder

Representing the 3rd District of Kansas

House Judiciary Committee Announces Plan to Consider Email Privacy Act

Feb 3, 2016
Press Release
Committee to Markup Most Cosponsored Bill in 114th Congress in March

Washington, D.C.  – This afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee announced plans to markup H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, digital privacy reform legislation introduced and championed by Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS). The bill, which is the most cosponsored bill in the 114th Congress, updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to improve privacy protections for electronic communications stored or maintained by a third-party service provider. After the announcement of a hearing in March, Representative Yoder issued the following statement:

“I want to thank Chairman Goodlatte for making the Email Privacy Act a priority as we begin this legislative year. Today’s announcement means we are one step closer to bringing our digital privacy rights into the 21st Century and ensuring Americans’ private online communications receive the same basic fundamental protections our paper documents receive. With 308 of my colleagues – a majority of both Republicans and Democrats – and a majority of the Judiciary Committee in support of the bill, the markup should be brief and the bill should swiftly move to the House floor for passage.”