In a 351-66 vote, the House of Representatives passed a bill this week called the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes the nation’s military and defense programs. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) used this opportunity to include as an amendment the Email Privacy Act, a piece of legislation long-favored by Electronic Frontier Foundation. If approved by the Senate and signed by the President, the new bill requires government agents to first obtain a probable cause warrant when seeking the content of communications stored by companies like Google, Facebook, Slack, Dropbox, and Microsoft.
You can read Rep. Yoder’s amendment at https://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/YODER_030_xml51818160527527.pdf.
If you are concerned about email privacy, please contact your Senator and ask him or her to support the bill.