The Email Privacy Act, which was approved 419-0 by the US House of Representatives last year, has been reintroduced for consideration by a bi-partisan group of co-sponsors. The proposed legislation would update the existing Electronic Communications Privacy Act, enacted over 30 years ago, to provide that US government agencies must obtain a warrant to search the online communications of US citizens. This would change the current law that permits federal agencies — without a warrant — to search any email communication older than 180 days that is stored on a third-party server. Last year, the bill was stymied in the US Senate Judiciary Committee in part by demand for an amendment that would have permitted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use another device – a national security letter – to gain access to a lengthy list of electronic communications data. Reintroduction of the bill is strongly supported by a variety of consumer and privacy organisations, such as the Consumer Technology Association and the Information Technology Industry Council. Some supporters have noted that the bill does not go far enough, in that it does not protect geo-location data.