[NetBehaviour] Electronic Privacy in Jeopardy.

marc garrett 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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