Google have helped to establish Digital Due Process, a coalition of technology companies, civil rights
organizations and academics seeking to update ECPA to provide privacy protections to new and emerging technologies.
The idea being that they'll:
Better protect your data stored online: The government must first get a search warrant before obtaining any private communications or documents
Better protect your location privacy: The government must first get a search warrant before it can track the location of your cell phone or other
mobile communications device;
Better protect against monitoring of when and with whom you communicate: The government must demonstrate to a court that the data it seeks is
relevant and material to a criminal investigation before monitoring when and with whom you communicate using email, instant messaging, text messaging,
the telephone, etc.; and
Better protect against bulk data requests: The government must demonstrate to a court that the information it seeks is needed for a criminal
investigation before it can obtain data about an entire class of users.
In the coming months, they’ll meet with lawmakers, law enforcement officials and others to build support for modernizing the law and hopefully
keeping private - private.
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