H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act (ECPA reform)
On Motion to Suspend Rules and Pass, as Amended
House Roll Call No. 167
114th Congress, 2nd Session

Passed: 419-0 (see complete tally)

On April 27, 2016, the House passed H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act by a vote of 419 to 0. The ACLU supports H.R. 699 because it would reform the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by requiring a warrant to access electronic content with limited exceptions.  This bill would end the outdated “180-day rule” contained in ECPA, which permits law enforcement to access email communications older than 180 days without a warrant. The bill would also require a warrant for opened emails—rejecting the Department of Justice’s interpretation that ECPA does not require a warrant in such instances.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 167
Votes For : 419
Not Voting : 14