Apple has joined the Digital Due Process group, a coalition of privacy organizations like the EFF and companies that are lobbying to reform surveillance laws in the US. The group hopes to modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) which was enacted in 1986, long before the Internet became a household name. The law does not address sticky subjects like cell phone location tracking, search history storage and more. The one-year-old group includes members like Google, Microsoft and Twitter.
Apple recently joined the DDP and has been awarded a Gold Star from the EFF for lobbying Congress about user privacy. This is a change from earlier this year when the Cupertino company was under fire for storing location information without consent from iPhone users. Apple fixed this bug in the iOS 4.3.3 update released in May 2011.