I had a really busy two weeks. It ended finally on Friday with the NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network) Conference on Emerging Technology. I got to hang with some of my favorite folks from the NonProfit Tech world but more on that later. One of the good things was we keynote talk from Kevin Bankston from the EFF.
He was less articulate then Daniel Solve about why the courts have ruled that information held by third parties are not protected under the 4th amendment. It is because the courts interpret a third party even the service provider of knowing your phone number (because they are providing you that service) as not private. In the digital age this third party status expands to so many many things.
He talked about the laws they have and are considering about e-mail. They basically mandate the service providers keep copies of everything that comes to your in-box and the records of where you travel on the net. He gave a great analogy about this. It is like the government is mandating the post office to photocopy every piece for mail you ever get and store it for 10 years in case some government agency needs to search it.