Apple Joins Digital Due Process Coalition


The EFF has announced that both Apple and Dropbox have joined the Digital Due Process (DDP) coalition which is focused on pressing Congress to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

ECPA was passed by Congress in 1986, before the World Wide Web was even invented and when cell phones were still a rarity. Yet to this day, ECPA is the primary law governing how and when law enforcement can access personal information and private communications stored by communications providers like Google, Facebook, your cell phone company or your ISP.

Specifically, the DDP is supporting amendments to ensure the government can't track your cell phone or obtain online content such as emails, photos, documents and backup files without first going to court to get a search warrant.

According to the EFF, the current version of the ECPA is vague on whether these documents and information -- including the tracking of your cell phone -- are presently protected from government intrusion without any form of warrant.

Other coalition members include Amazon, Intel, AT&T, Google and many more.

Thanks Aaron

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119 months ago
Seems like governments everywhere are pushing to get power to invade our privacy without obtaining a warrant. Good on Apple and the rest of them for standing up to the government (who no doubt want to exercise these powers "for the public good, trust us, and amen").
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119 months ago
It's nice to see corporations advocating for laws that protect the customer.

Now if only we could get cellphone carriers to support a law against cellphone locking and movie labels supporting a repeal of the DMCA. ;)
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119 months ago
Wake up Mr. Ives, wake up...and smell, the ashes.

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119 months ago
Congress.....

Willing to bet that this will somehow be integrated into the Bush Patriot Act or something....since we lost many freedoms when that piece of legislation was passed!
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119 months ago
IT Window Dressing

The spook agencies do whatever they want. And there is nothing private companies can do about it.
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119 months ago
+1 for Apple etc., but what’s the point.

The spook agencies do whatever they want. And there is nothing private companies can do about it.

The spook agencies do whatever they want. And there is nothing the government can do about it.

And who just re-signed that act?
Thank you.
Carry on.

Not only that, but (my) Senator Al “Patriot Act” Franken, who had that gall to blast Apple over a red herring of a privacy issue.
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