More good news on the privacy front

— 12:54 AM on August 15, 2001

TwoFer writes:

Not only do gerbils rejoice in their anonymity, but another blow for individual freedom may soon be struck—this time by some federal justices themselves. From the story:
"A rebellious group of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges recently halted use of internal monitoring software on their computers to protest what they deemed an illegal surveillance practice.

"In a flurry of memos obtained by the New York Times, the judges wrote that they believed such employee monitoring may violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, which makes it illegal for any person to intentionally intercept 'any wire, oral or electronic communication.'"

And what's more, Dick Armey—self-described as "one of the most conservative politicians in Washington"—is teaming up with the ACLU on the side of electronic privacy advocates! He's trying to come up with a uniform bill which will address Internet privacy issues, face-recognition software and red-light cameras. From that story:
"The powerful Texas Republican said that rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution are being eroded by computerized face-recognition systems, digital cameras posted at street intersections to catch drivers running red lights, and computer software programs that track Internet users.

"With the aid of an unlikely bedfellow, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Armey said his goal is to take government out of people's lives.

"'I believe that as little intercourse with the government as is necessary is what we are entitled to in America,' Armey said on his Web site"

Sounds like good news all around. Thanks to TwoFer for the heads up.
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