Rep. LaMalfa Votes to Protect E-Mail Privacy
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted for a measure he was an original co-sponsor of, the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), which passed the House of Representatives 418-0. LaMalfa previously sponsored an amendment to the Cyber Security Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 624) ensuring that Americans’ electronic communications could not be accessed through the authorities provided by the bill, and also voted in support of Rep. Justin Amash’s amendment to end collection of Americans’ telephone call data.
“The Fourth Amendment guarantees protections from search by the government, yet many of our current laws pertaining to electronic communications are decades older than current technology. This bill ensures that the contents of Americans’ electronic communications may not be accessed without a warrant, respecting the intent of the Fourth Amendment,” said LaMalfa. “Today’s vote signals unanimous support for increased protections for Americans’ email communications, while striking a balance between privacy and the need to pursue those who would do harm to our nation.”
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.