[NetBehaviour] Electronic Privacy in Jeopardy.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Aug 10 12:56:03 CEST 2008
Electronic Privacy in Jeopardy.
by Daniel A. Begun.
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a dangerous legal
precedent has just been set that can potentially unravel existing
federal privacy protections for e-mail and Internet usage. The alert
from the EFF is not just to sound a general warning, but it also takes
the form of an Amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief, filed with the
federal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking for the court's legal
finding to be overturned.
"The district court's holding is contrary to the plain language of the
statute, misapplies the law of this Circuit, and by setting a precedent
for the government and others to engage in similar conduct without
regard to the Wiretap Act's prohibitions, dangerously undermines the
statutory and constitutional privacy rights of every Internet user."
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