Gardner Presses for Email Privacy

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today 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.

“Current law is completely out of step with how Coloradans and Americans view internet privacy,” Gardner said. “In an age where emails and data are increasingly kept and stored indefinitely for the convenience of internet users, allowing for warrantless searches after a short, arbitrary time period is a dangerous encroachment into the privacy of American citizens.


“These laws need to be updated, and I’m excited to support bipartisan legislation to do just that. 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.”




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  


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