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Apple, Ebay, Dropbox and Others Join EFF to Amend US Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986

Apple and file sharing service Dropbox have agreed to join several other companies working towards improving online privacy for customers.

The company has joined the Digital Due Process Coalition, which is being pushed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), as a part of its efforts to improve online privacy.

According (opens in new tab) to The Inquirer, the initiative is a part of a bid launched by privacy advocates to make changes in the electronic privacy laws in the United States, specifically the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.

The EFF asked at least 13 companies to join the Digital Due Process Coalition, which already has EFF, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Centre for Democracy and Technology, AT&T, Ebay, and Comcast as members.

Google, Microsoft and Amazon have also been asked by the EFF to join.

The EFF said that it plans to use the coalition to push Congress into updating the outdated electronic privacy act.

“ECPA was passed by Congress in 1986, before the World Wide Web was even invented and when cell phones were still a rarity. Yet to this day, ECPA is the primary law governing how and when law enforcement can access personal information and private communications stored by communications providers like Google, Facebook, your cell phone company or your ISP,” the EFF said in a statement.