The Email Privacy Act would update the Electronic Communication Privacy Act of 1986 to require government agents obtain a warrant before accessing the content of private emails, texts or other digital correspondence. It essentially would treat all emails, regardless how old, with the same privacy protections currently granted to physical letters in a person’s cabinet.
In other words, the CIA and other governmental agencies could not snoop on your private email messages. Sadly, the proposed legislation is stalled in Congress.
Last Congress, Reps. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., and Jared Polis D-Colo., introduced H.R. 1852, the Email Privacy Act. The authors recruited 272 cosponsors but ultimately was unable to secure a floor vote in the U.S. House.
Undeterred, the bipartisan duo earlier this year introduced the Email Privacy Act. This time around, H.R. 699 has already received a flood of support from members of Congress. With 284 co-sponsors, it already has support of the majority of the House, and is the most-supported bill not yet receive a hearing, much less a vote.
You can read the text of the bill at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/699.