Matt Salmon on ECPA: “When You Give the Government an Inch, They Take a Mile”
“The fact is, as usual, when you give the government an inch, they take a mile,” said Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) 85% at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit earlier this month. “We simply can’t afford to play around with our most basic, fundamental human rights.”
ECPA would increase protections for electronic communications, including personal emails of U.S. citizens.
[ECPA] addresses the privacy concerns raised from the recent position that the IRS took that the Fourth Amendment does not apply, and does not protect the privacy of personal, unopened emails, because internet users do not have a ‘reasonable’ expectation of privacy in such communications.
The Congressman opined “clearly there is a need to protect the privacy of personal emails,” and “we have a duty to uphold the Constitution — the freedoms and the rights it provides.”