Washington, D.C.  – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement on the Committee’s plan to markup the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), a bill to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986:

“In March, the House Judiciary Committee plans to markup the Email Privacy Act, a bipartisan bill to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. Over the past several years, the Committee has conducted robust oversight of this decades-old law and has worked with stakeholders to identify reform priorities. It’s clear that the law needs to be modernized and updated to ensure it keeps pace with ever-changing technologies so that we protect Americans’ constitutional rights and provide law enforcement with the tools they need for criminal investigations in the digital age. I look forward to moving this legislation through the Committee next month and working with House leaders to bring the bill to the floor.”

Background: Over the past several years, the House Judiciary Committee has held numerous hearings on ECPA. Most recently, in December 2015, the Committee held a legislative hearing on H.R. 699.