Computers, Crime and Privacy [Spring 1997]

Computers, Crime and Privacy

School of Law
Santa Clara University
Spring 1997

Computers have long been viewed as a threat to privacy. Recent developments have precisely the opposite implication; they have made it possible for ordinary citizens to routinely communicate in ways that are probably secure against the FBI or the NSA. In the near future, technological developments already in progress may make possible a level of individual privacy never known before.

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Quote for the Week
A lot of things have changed since the 1930's and 40's. Fourty-seven US States now have some form of legal commercial gambling within their borders. Why wouldn't this be considered a form of trade protectionism? Are States trying to protect their in-state gambling industries at the expense of out-of-state competitors?

BTW, New York State is setting up an Off Track Betting operation via the Internet. Can a state arrest the governor of another state? I'd like to see the New York AG go up against the Minn. AG.

(Sean Donelan, on Cyberia-L)

Current Interest

H.R. 98, the "Consumer Internet Privacy Protection Act of 1997", introduced by Rep. Bruce Vento (D. MN) on January 7, 1997. Restricts transmission of subscriber information by interactive computer services.

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