ALA’s (American Library Association) president Sari Feldman, today enthusiastically praised the passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the Email Privacy Act. The bill is part of the (ECPA) Electronic Communications and Privacy Act, and is expected to pass the U.S. Senate and be signed by President Barack Obama.
In a statement released by the ALA, Feldman said: “The House today filled a hole of monumental proportions in Americans’ Fourth Amendment privacy rights by finally requiring that the government get a real search warrant to access the content of all of our emails, texts, cloud files and other electronic communications left unprotected for most of their digital lives by the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Thank you! The Senate now can and must take up this finely tuned bill and pass it without major change or delay if the Fourth Amendment is to have real meaning for real people in the internet age.”