Privacy? You don't need no stinkin privacy!


"On Friday, the first federal appeals court to consider the topic will hear
oral arguments in a case that could establish new standards for locating
wireless devices."

"In that case, the Obama administration has argued that warrantless
tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no "reasonable expectation of
privacy" in their -- or at least their cell phones' -- whereabouts. U.S.
Department of Justice lawyers say that "a customer's Fourth Amendment rights are
not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records"
that show where a mobile device placed and received calls."

"This is a critical question for privacy in the 21st century," says Kevin
Bankston, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who will be arguing on
Friday. "If the courts do side with the government, that means that everywhere
we go, in the real world and online, will be an open book to the government
unprotected by the Fourth Amendment."

As a refresher, here's the Fourth Amendment:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

I'm not a lawyer so I'm not even going to get into the legal intricacies, but it's going to be interesting to see what the appeals court decides. I'm not at all surprised Big Brother wants to do that, I'm pretty sure the courts will let him and I'm curious as to whether or not the Lefties who were all up in arms about the Patriot Act will have anything to say about this since their Messiah is the one who's doing it.


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