On April 26, 2016, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan Email Privacy Act by a vote of 419-0. The bill updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to would clarify that law enforcement must obtain a warrant—except in certain clearly defined emergencies—before accessing individuals’ electronic communications. This is a long-overdue and necessary update to our digital privacy laws. You can learn more here.
One day later, on April 27, 2016, the House passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act. The HALOS Act clarifies federal law regulating solicitation of investors and makes it easier for entrepreneurs and startups to publicly pitch and promote their ideas and companies without violating existing laws. You can learn more here.
Let's hope that the US Senate can quickly act and set aside election year distractions and rhetoric to secure final passage of this much-needed legislation.