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Bipartisan ECPA Reform Bill Introduced in Senate

Washington — Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced a bill that would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

The Leahy-Lee bill would amend ECPA to require government officials to obtain a warrant in order to require ISPs and other online service providers to disclose the private communications of their users.

“The Leahy-Lee legislation will ensure the warrant standard of the US Constitution, which now applies to letters you send in the mail, is extended to your email,” said CDT Senior Counsel Greg Nojeim. “This common sense reform, which has strong support across the political spectrum, would help extend Fourth Amendment rights in the Internet age.”

For more, see CDT’s blog post: Senate “Dream Team” Introduces ECPA Reform Bill