|Dean of the U.S. House|
John Conyers, Jr.
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to protect the private emails of Americans from the government, marking a small step forward for one of the most widely supported bills in Congress.
The committee, on a unanimous 28-0 vote, approved the Email Privacy Act, which would require that law enforcement obtain a warrant before forcing a technology company to hand over a customer's emails or other electronic communications, no matter how old they are.
"This committee quickly reached consensus that those proposals were unworkable, unconstitutional and sometimes both," ranking Judiciary Democrat John Conyers Jr. (Mich.) said.