The House Judiciary Committee on September 26 approved legislation to strengthen privacy protections governing law enforcement surveillance. The bill, H.R. 5018, sponsored by Rep. Charles Canady, was approved on a strong 20-1 vote. It would increase to probable cause the standard for government access to location information on wireless phone users, increase the standard for use of pen registers that collect transactional information, extend the statutory exclusion rule to electronic communications, and require a warrant for government seizure of read or unread email stored with a service provider for up to one year. Rep. Jerrold Nadler and Rep. Bob Barr played key roles in ensuring that HR 5018 included strong privacy protections.