Pop quiz: How old is the Electronic Communications Privacy Act?
Answer: More than a quarter of a century. It passed in 1986, before the World Wide Web, before modern email, before iPhones, before cloud storage, Dropbox, and Facebook.
Do you think it's about time for an update? So does the House of Representatives, which this week passed the Email Privacy Act by a unanimous voice vote. The Act, in the words of the Electronic Frontier Foundation,
"would codify the Sixth Circuit’s ruling in U.S. v. Warshak, which held that the Fourth Amendment demands that the government first obtain a warrant based on probable cause before accessing emails stored with cloud service providers."
Will the Senate sign on? It's too early to tell. But we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, you might want to stick with your 1986 communication devices.