Tech Firms Push for Revised Electronic Privacy Act
Mar 30, 2010 // PC Magazine

A number of tech companies and trade groups announced their creation of the Digital Due Process coalition today. Its objective is to pressure to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to make sure it is more in line with current technologies. Much like how physical documents and files are protected from the government, the coalition seeks to have the same rules apply for online communications and cloud computing. PC Magazine writes:

First on the agenda is establishing that private communications stored with an Internet service provider like e-mail, instant messages, or Internet histories are protected like any other physical document. That is, access to these documents should only be accessible via a warrant when there is probably cause that a crime has been committed.