Saturday, August 12, 2006

New article on laptops and privacy

Michael Power and Roland L. Trope have recently published the first of what I understand to be a regular privacy-specific column in IEEE Security & Privacy. The article is entitled "Lessons for Laptops from the 18th Century". The courts and constitutions of Canada and the United States have steadfastly protected the privacy of the home, but what should courts be doing now that more and more of peoples' intimate lives are chronicled on portable electronic devices? And what of such records that are uploaded using online backup services?

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