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Goodlatte: Reforms to Digital Privacy Laws Long Overdue

by Michael Polzella

The Constitution protects Americans’ property from unreasonable searches and seizures – and we must ensure this principle thrives in the digital age. Technology has outpaced the antiquated law governing how law enforcement obtains electronic communications, and there’s broad consensus for reform.

The bipartisan Email Privacy Act modernizes current law, establishing a uniform warrant requirement to acquire stored electronic communications in criminal investigations. These updates will better protect Americans’ constitutional rights and law enforcement’s ability to protect public safety. Given the bipartisan support, I’m hopeful the Senate will actually take up the measure this Congress and send it to President Trump’s desk.

Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), House Judiciary Committee Chairman

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