Bringing Internet Privacy Into the 21st Century
Mar 30, 2010 // Network World

The Digital Due Process coalition, comprised of Google, Microsoft, Intel, AOL, AT&T, and many other tech and communications companies and organizations, has come together to call for the updating of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986. Updates, the coalition hopes, which will account for the rapid growth in popularity of the Internet since the legislation's passage. Network World's article provides more information on the coalition's goals:

The ECPA was passed into law in 1986. To put that in context, the first Notes From the Field columns appeared in print issues of InfoWorld that year, back when I was just a cub reporter. Ronald Reagan was still president, even if he may not have been aware of it at the time. The Web was still three years from being invented. The term "spam" still referred to canned luncheon meat, and a 300-baud modem represented a state-of-the-art Internet connection.
Yet the ECPA is still the digital law of the land. It's a little like using statutes written for the horse and buggy era to govern the Autobahn.