Feb 142012
 
 February 14, 2012  Court, Surveillance

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries reports:

Does using a fake name when you sign up for a cellphone plan mean the government can get information from your phone without a warrant?

That’s one argument the Department of Justice is making in an Arizona case – that using a false name is fraud and means you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Such a stance might raise questions about the widespread practice of using pseudonyms to sign up for services online. But legal experts said it’s unlikely a court would take the argument that far.

Read more on Wall Street Journal.

So let’s review. The government generally maintains that you have no reasonable expectation of privacy when you give your information to a third party. But if you try to protect your privacy by using a pseudonym, then you definitely have no reasonable expectation of privacy?  I see….

Scratches head and wanders off to get more coffee.

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