19 Jul Congress Urged to Pass Email Privacy Act
It was revealed that around 50 civil liberties and tech groups are pressuring Congress to ensure that the Email Privacy Act is passed as part of a defense spending package.
The coalition, which includes the ACLU, the Brennan Center, Center for Democracy & Technology, the EFF, and the Open Technology Institute signed a letter urging Congress to include the bill in the vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Companies such as Adobe, Amazon, Box, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Oath also expressed their support for the bill.
The Act, which lawmakers have tried to change and improve for years, prevents authorities from accessing any opened emails that are older than six months without a warrant. It initially faced strong resistance from the top brass and federal agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission.