"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause..."

- Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution

Our Principles


Overarching goal and guiding principle: To simplify, clarify, and unify the ECPA standards, providing stronger privacy protections for communications and associated data in response to changes in technology and new services and usage patterns, while preserving the legal tools necessary for government agencies to enforce the laws, respond to emergency circumstances and protect the public.

These principles would not change, and are subject to, the current definitions, exceptions, immunities and permissions in ECPA.

  • A governmental entity may require an entity covered by ECPA (a provider of wire or electronic communication service or a provider of remote computing service) to disclose communications that are not readily accessible to the public only with a search warrant issued based on a showing of probable cause, regardless of the age of the communications, the means or status of their storage or the provider’s access to or use of the communications in its normal business operations.
  • A governmental entity may access, or may require a covered entity to provide, prospectively or retrospectively, location information regarding a mobile communications device only with a warrant issued based on a showing of probable cause.
  • A governmental entity may access, or may require a covered entity to provide, prospectively or in real time, dialed number information, email to and from information or other data currently covered by the authority for pen registers and trap and trace devices only after judicial review and a court finding that the governmental entity has made a showing at least as strong as the showing under 2703(d).
  • Where the Stored Communications Act authorizes a subpoena to acquire information, a governmental entity may use such subpoenas only for information related to a specified account(s) or individual(s). All non-particularized requests must be subject to judicial approval.




Digital Due Process is a diverse coalition of privacy advocates, major companies and think tanks, working together.


abffe.org aclu.org actonline.org adobe.com advancingjustice.org airbnb.com alec.org amazon.com ala.org atr.org aol.com apple.com arl.org att.com automattic.com autonetmobile.com bordc.org brennancenter.org bsa.org campaignliberty causes.com ccianet.org cdt.org financialprivacy.org cnss.org centurylink.com digitalchamber.org cagw.org cloudflare.com commonsensemedia.org cei.org constitutionproject.org consumer-action.org datafoundry.com dcia.info dell.com deluxe.com demandprogress.org joindiaspora.com disconnect.me discovery.org thedma.org dropbox.com duckduckgo.com ebay.com educause.edu eff.org enduranceinternational.com engine.is theesa.com evernote.com facebook.com fightforthefuture.org foursquare.com getfoxyproxy.org futureofprivacy.org freedomworks.org gandi.net generationopportunity.org google.com hackersandfounders.com hattery.com hp.com iac.com ibm.com inflection.com itic.org instacart.com ipi.org integratelecom.com intel.com intelius.com internetassociation.org i2coalition.com intuit.com itif.org jointcenter.org leanstartupcircle.com lessgovernment.org libertycoalition.net lindenlab.com linkedin.com lookout.com lyft.com microsoft.com naa.org workrights.us netchoice.org netcoalition.com neustar.biz niskanencenter.org oti.newamerica.net oracle.com personal rstreet.org reddit.com fgs.org salesforce.com siia.net snapchat.com sonic.net spacemonkey.com spideroak.com startupcitydsm.com t-mobile.com protectingtaxpayers.org itaa.org techfreedom.org technet.org techstars.com tiaonline.org tripadvisor.com truste.com tumblr.com twitter.com uschamber.com uber.com usv.com vaporstream.com mywickr.com wikimedia.org yahoo.com



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