Monday, December 24, 2012

How the government can get your digital data without warrant

No warrant, no problem: How the government can still get your digital data | Ars Technica: "The US government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day. Authorities can often obtain your e-mails and texts by going to Google or AT&T with a simple subpoena. Usually you won’t even be notified. The Senate last week took a step toward updating privacy protection for emails, but it's likely the issue will be kicked to the next Congress. In the meantime, here’s how police can track you without a warrant now: Stuff they can get - Phone records: Who you called, when you called . . . "

Who cares? I'm afraid my "digital data" (like most Americans) would be pretty boring. However, with government's history of incompetent, inept, and unaccountable employees, it won't be long until such information is improperly obtained, handled or disclosed--opening up the specter of untold civil liability suits. I wouldn't be surprised if many law firms are already anticipating this!

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