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Introducing LexisNexis Author Steve Posner’s Blog On Privacy, Surveillance Issues

Hi. I’m Steve Posner and I write LexisNexis’ legal treatise on post-9/11 surveillance and privacy law, Privacy Law and the USA PATRIOT Act, in addition to my litigation practice. After delving into these issues for most of a decade, I think I can coordinate a coherent debate, and I hope...

People Are Concerned About Privacy. But What Kind Of Privacy?

We hear all the time that people worry about loss of privacy, and there’s good reason to believe it. But what, exactly, do people fear? There are different kinds of information that people think is private: Financial and tax-related; sexual; medical, psychiatric, and psychological; criminal;...

People Are Concerned About Privacy — But What Kind Of Privacy? (Part 2)

Last time, we looked at the level of concern about privacy among bloggers. But are bloggers representative of the population at large? We can’t compare bloggers to the world, but we can compare them to news outlets. We also often hear that other countries are more concerned with privacy...

People Are Concerned About Privacy - But What Kind Of Privacy? (Part 3)

So we've now compared the level of concern about privacy among bloggers and print journalists, and found that bloggers seem more concerned that journalists-or, perhaps, than their editors. We also saw that these two groups of writers are more concerned with financial privacy than medical, and...

People Are Concerned About Privacy — But What Kind Of Privacy? (Part 4)

In late March 2010, differences between European and American privacy law again hit the press. Such differences have been highlighted several times since 9/11, perhaps most publicly during the SWIFT imbroglio of 2005, when the U.S. Treasury Department ordered that international financial transaction...

People Are Concerned About Privacy — But What Kind Of Privacy? (Part 5)

I've compared what I call the "big 3" privacy issues: financial, medical, and communications data. But what other types of information do people consider private, and which of these cause the most concern? One problem with trying to compare levels of concern is that different privacy...

Posner On In Re: National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation

By Steve C. Posner, Attorney, Posner Law Firm Steve C. Posner on In re: National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation (El Haramain Islamic Foundation, Inc v. NSA) , 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31287 (N.D. Cal., Mar. 31, 2010), the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the State Secrets...