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by George Heymann

Apple and Dropbox join DPP coalition to reform Electronic Privacy Law

by George Heymann
techeadlines@gmail.com

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been defending privacy, free speech, and digital rights since it was founded in 1990. In April the EFF launched the “Who Has Your Back” campaign calling on thirteen major internet companies to stand with the EFF defending users rights when it comes to government demands for users data.

The petitioned companies include Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Comcast, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, MySpace, Skype, Twitter, Verizon and Yahoo.

The campaign asks the companies to sign the petition that outlines three privacy rights with regards to the handling of user data:

  1. Promise to inform users when their data is sought by the governmentInternet companies should promise to tell users when their data is being sought by the government and give users a chance to defend themselves, unless prohibited by law — like Twitter promises to do and did in the Wiki-leaks investigation.
  2. Be transparent about when you hand over data to the governmentCompanies should publish reports on how often they provide user data to governments worldwide, like Google does. These reports should include all demands that can be disclosed under the law. Companies should also make public the policies they have about sharing data with the government such as guides for law enforcement, like Twitter does.
  3. Fight for users’ privacy rights in the courts and in CongressCompanies should resist over broad demands, like Yahoo did recently, and should disclose no more information than required by law. Internet companies should support efforts to modernize electronic privacy laws to defend users in the digital age, like the Digital Due Process Coalition members do.

    EFF recently announced that two of the thirteen companies highlighted in the their petition, Apple and Dropbox have agreed to stand up for user privacy in Congress by joining the Digital Due Process (DDP) coalition.

The DDP is comprised of a diverse group of privacy advocates like EFF, ACLU, The Center for Democracy & Technology and along with private companies have come together with the shared goal of modernizing surveillance laws for the Internet age.

The DDP is focused on pressing Congress to update the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The “ECPA” was passed by Congressed in 1986, when cell phones were rare and before the advent of the World Wide Web.

The EFF is a donor-funded nonprofit that relies on contributions to continue to operate. If you would like to learn more about the EFF, please see http://www.eff.org

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3 Responses

  1. […] Apple and Dropbox join DPP coalition to reform Electronic Privacy Law (technology-headlines.com) […]

  2. Jack says:

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    I look forward to reading the other comments.

  3. […] Apple and Dropbox join DPP coalition to reform Electronic Privacy Law (technology-headlines.com) […]

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