Yoder Votes to Protect Consumer Digital Privacy Protections
Washington, DC – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) issued the following statement after voting against S.J. Res. 34, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule regarding consumer digital privacy protections passed by the Senate last week:
“In the 21st Century, Americans deeply value their privacy when it comes to digital content. We don’t want the government having access to our information without our consent, and the same goes for private business. These digital privacy protections put in place by the FCC are commonsense measures similar to long-standing rules that apply to phone companies that will simply ensure internet users can continue to have control over their personal information. I don’t believe they should be repealed, and I will continue to fight for Americans’ digital privacy rights.”
Last month, the House of Representatives unanimously passed Yoder’s Email Privacy Act, which would modernize federal law with respect to Americans’ digital privacy rights. The bill would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to state that all government agencies must get a warrant to search Americans’ online communications, regardless of when the email was crafted. In 1986, Congress passed ECPA, which contains a loophole that allows the government to search any email older than 180 days stored on a third-party server, such as Google or Yahoo, without a warrant.