Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes To Strengthen Online Privacy Protections
April 27, 2016
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below on H.R. 699, The Email Privacy Act, which passed unanimously in the House of Representatives today. The Congresswoman is an original cosponsor of the bill.
“Technology and innovation have dramatically redefined the way that we live over the past three decades. Yet our laws governing online privacy have stayed stagnant. When the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was written 30 years ago, most Americans didn’t have an email account, let alone a smartphone, cloud storage, social media, or other forms of modern-day technology. This legislation makes common sense and long overdue updates to the ECPA to protect the privacy of millions of Americans who rely on the Internet to store personal data, information, and communication, and who deserve the assurance that their information is protected. I strongly supported this bill's passage today and will continue working to preserve and protect the privacy and security of the American people.”