James Butler's Blog

Category: Law

G and V and Thee

In a move that brought my eyebrows up, Google and Verizon today released the details of what they had been meeting about behind closed doors. Here's a link to Google's Public Policy blog entry containing an overview and a link to the Verizon-Google Legislative Framework Proposal that was...

Why Not Get A Court Order?

Today news came out that "the Obama Administration"  wants to modify the Electronic Communications Privacy Act  to exclude even more types of data from oversight. According to the article referenced above, the addition of the phrase "electronic communication...

Public Is Not Private

In a ruling, today , the U.S. Supreme Court decided that, in most situations, government workers have no expectation of privacy with regard to communications made using their government-issued communications devices. At issue was a case involving an Ontario, CA police department employee and...

GGL: Wifi Data Capture Criminal?

Was  Google's Street View wifi data capturing activity  criminal? Maybe ... it depends on how much data they captured. As most of you already know, I Am Not A Lawyer, so don't take this to the bank. But from what I know of this situation, Google would have needed to collect...

Expectations of Privacy

Do you have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" in your online activites? You have some expectation of privacy, but how much is actually reasonable ? You probably know that you are leaving information about yourself all along your clickpath, but how much do you think is...

The FCC and the ISPs

A couple of months ago, the  US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled against the Federal Communications Commission  in their effort to gain regulatory power over Internet service providers. This decision reminds us of the fact that there is no unified body currently providing...
 
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