Apr 08, 2010 // The New York Times
Google, Microsoft, the Center for Democracy and Technology and the American Civil Liberties Union have teamed up to form Digital Due Process, a coalition dedicated to updating electronic communication privacy laws for the 21st century. A New York Times editorial advocates for the goals championed by the coalition:
Privacy is central to American law. And in 1986, Congress applied that principle to electronic communications by setting limits on law enforcement access to Internet and wireless technologies. It was a laudable law at the time, but cellphones were still oddities, the Internet was mostly a way for academics and researchers to exchange data and the World Wide Web that is an everyday part of most Americans' lives did not exist.