Gardner Co-Sponsors Email Privacy Legislation

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner announced Friday that he is co-sponsoring legislation to reform and modernize the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Current law allows the government to read emails and other electronic communications of American citizens without a warrant after they’re 180 days old. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015 (ECPA) would eliminate that 180-day rule, placing all electronic communication, regardless of age, under one clear standard – a search warrant based on probable cause. Additionally, ECPA would mandate a review by the Government Accountability Office of how these warrantless searches were executed prior to the ECPA’s enactment, and the effects of the new warrant requirement contained within ECPA. In a press release, Gardner stated “We absolutely must find the right balance between citizen’s privacy and the needs of law enforcement, but that balance certainly does not involve blanket, warrantless snooping on the emails of Americans who have done nothing wrong.”  Pictured:  Cory Gardner

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