The Judiciary Committee is finally acknowledging the Email Privacy Act. Right now, law enforcement can access your email without your knowledge. The Email Privacy Act requires Law enforcement get a warrant, the same as they need to access physical mail or files. Period.
However, the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for an exemption for all civil investigative agencies – that includes not just the SEC, but also the Federal Elections Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Trade Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the list goes on…
An Amendment to the Email Privacy Act exempting civil agencies would not only destroys the Fourth Amendment protections the bill is designed to recover, but also grant untold new powers to the Obama Administration.
Although the legislation has been circling D.C. for nearly 5 years, Congress has been hesitant to act on it, for fear the political ramifications outweigh the benefits. It is time to change that equation. We must show our elected officials that we care about the passage of the Email Privacy Act and will no longer tolerate the deprivation of our rights for the appeasement of law enforcement agencies.
The Fourth Amendment guarantees: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause…”
It is undeniable that this amendment protects both physical and digital papers, yet neither a warrant nor probable cause are required for law enforcement to seize email communication from your email provider or other private files stored on the cloud. Congress is aware of the inadequacy of the current law, but pressure from law enforcement agencies has stayed their hand.
The American people must insist that Congress end digital privacy discrimination!
Please sign our petition and help us force Congress to return the privacy they have stolen, the privacy guaranteed by the founders of our nation, the privacy essential to America’s future.
Tell House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to pass the bill out of Committee as is. No amendments. No carve-outs for civil agencies. No power give-aways to the Obama Administration.