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...
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;...
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
also often hear that other countries are more concerned with privacy...
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...
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
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...
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...