Tuesday, May 13, 2003

The U.S. court decision defending the ability of people to file class action lawsuits that target the privacy of search engine queries is very interesting in that it appears to be setting a fairly high watermark on the borders of personal electronic content. According to the ruling, your input to a Web search engine, though wrapped in technical parameters as it traverses the Web en route from your browser to the search engine's Web site, is personally authored content whose violation may be the target of court actions if appropriate permission is not given to collect that information. With people in many corners railing against privacy intrusions spawned by the U.S. Patriot Act legislation, a number of courts are reacting to these intrusions with staunch defenses of existing concepts of privacy. This bodes well for online content commerce in general, as it is likely to improve the ability of people to share content with one another in a legally secure framework.
Post a Comment