About the bill
H.R. 387 would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to improve privacy protections for electronic communications stored or maintained by a third-party service provider. Additionally, H.R. 387 requires the government to obtain a search warrant from a court in criminal investigations before a provider is required to disclose the content of communications, while not impeding law enforcement’s efforts to protect the public.
Presently, the government may access any emails that are more than 6 months old without a warrant. Under ECPA, law enforcement officials may access these emails with a subpoena; H.R. 699 would amend ECPA to require a warrant to obtain the content of communications from third-party service providers.
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Kansas's 3rd congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Feb 7, 2017
Length: 13 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on February 6, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
138 Cosponsors (85 Republicans, 53 Democrats)
What legislators are saying
“VIDEO: Rep. Yoders Remarks on House Passage of Email Privacy Act”
— Rep. Kevin Yoder [R-KS3, 2011-2018] (Sponsor) on Feb 6, 2017
“Goodlatte Applauds Passage of Bill to Protect Privacy of Americans’ Emails”
— Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 6, 2017
“On the House Floor This Week - 2/6/2017”
— Rep. John K. Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018] on Feb 6, 2017
May 7, 2013
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 1852 (113th).
Apr 27, 2016
Earlier Version — Passed House (Senate next)
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 699 (114th).
Jan 9, 2017
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Feb 6, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)
The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.
H.R. 387 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 387. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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