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Privacy is NOT Binary

Earlier today I walked into my local library.  A sign on the door proudly announced that there were video cameras in use for the patron’s protection. I have a problem with that. Actually, I don’t have a problem with video cameras for patron’s protection.  So if someone is assaulted, robbed, or worse I want there to be…

Nothing to Hide

When faced with government demands for privacy related information, many citizens exclaim, “If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about.” That’s why people aren’t generally up in arms about things like automated license plate readers, facial recognition, or even surveillance drones for law enforcement. “If you have nothing to hide you…

Paying for Privacy

What would YOU do for a Klondike bar? Would you be willing to tell Unilever (the parent company that makes Klondike) your sexual orientation, political preferences, the fact that you are having an affair with your next door neighbor, and provide your financial records, healthcare records, viewing habits, and other personal information?  I mean, it’s…

Borderline Legal

We all know the feeling of going through customs, and having some random blue gloved official rummaging through a few weeks of dirty laundry. The U.S. government has long tried to apply their legal authority to search luggage at the border to search things like the contents of laptop computers, hard drives, iPhones, iPads, or…

No Ordinary Container

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases involving police authority to search the contents of cell phones without a warrant after they have arrested the person possessing the phone. To the police, the answer is simple.  After a person is arrested, the police have the authority to frisk them,…