Jan 142014
 
 January 14, 2014  Surveillance, U.S.

Thomas Claburn reports:

The cost of surveillance has plummeted so dramatically that the assumptions upon which privacy laws have been based no longer hold.

In a Yale Law Journal article, Kevin Bankston, policy director at the Open Technology Institute, and Ashkan Soltani, an independent security consultant, argue that implicit privacy can no longer be taken for granted and that the decreasing cost of surveillance needs to be taken into consideration as lawmakers and the judiciary assess the adequacy and scope of privacy protections.

Bankston and Soltani frame their argument by citing Judge Richard Posner: “Technological progress poses a threat to privacy by enabling an extent of surveillance that in earlier times would have been prohibitively expensive.”

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