Sep 082010
 September 8, 2010  Court, Laws, Surveillance

Law Professor Michael Scott writes:

When I was growing up, my dad always told me that “just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.” Just because you can climb that tall tree, doesn’t mean you should. Just because you can ride your bike on that busy street, doesn’t mean you should. It was good advice that I have passed onto my kids.

It’s advice that also applies in the technology field. Just because we can develop certain technologies, doesn’t mean we should do so. Think of chemical weapons. World leaders have decided that such weapons should not be produced or deployed, even though we have the ability to do so.

It also should be applied in the tech law field. Particularly where we are dealing with technology that can invade people’s privacy. Two lines of cases come to mind.

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