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Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Committee On The Judiciary On IRS Email Access Policy And The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013 (S. 607)


Location: Washington, DC

"Like many Americans, I am concerned about the growing and unwelcome intrusions into our private lives in cyberspace. I have long believed that our government should obtain a search warrant -- issued by a court -- before gaining access to our email and other private communications. This week the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin consideration of legislation that I authored with Republican Senator Mike Lee to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to make sure that this occurs, and that the overall privacy protections for our email and other electronic communications are strengthened. Safeguarding Americans' privacy rights is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue -- it is something that is important to all Americans, regardless of political party or ideology. I hope that all members of Congress share this view and will support this timely and significant legislation that upholds Americans' privacy rights."

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