For years Stewart Baker would post his views quite regularly on the Volokh Conspiracy blog, and then get skewered in the comments section. Eventually thin-skinned Stewart blocked all comments on his posts there, but now that the Volokh Conspiracy has moved to the Washington Post, he can't block comments any more. Poor Stewart.
ISP 'compliance' isn't really the right word. 'Customer Service' is the more appropriate term, since the ISP's are selling this data to law enforcement. Anything that makes their customers happy is good for business.
Think about it. The ISP's are charging you for the right to sell-out your own privacy and freedom. (And they likely aren't just selling your private information to government, but also to advertising and analytics companies as well.)
The legal profession likes to talk about "failure to take reasonable precautions" when discussing liability. It's pretty tough to argue now that reasonable precautions wouldn't include encryption. Will lawyers now get serious about encryption in their own communications?
What about the ability to make on-demand replacement parts so that an entire item doesn't have to be replaced when one small component breaks? I thought that green activity was supposed to be one of the principal attractions of 3D printers.
1. Media industry insiders cultivate film critic whose reviews have appeared in the NYT, NY Sun, WSJ and LA Weekly, etc. 2. Film critic enjoys his inside access to the glamorous movie business. 3. Film critic loses objectivity and becomes a reliable mouth-piece for the industry agenda.
Actually for most residential addresses you can get the exact address. In the case of Lisa you can quickly find a free online tool that gives you which street, which block, and which side of the street she lives on. There are only 4 houses that fit the description. If you pay a fee, then you can get the exact house she lives in.
When a person has a budget which is very large, and very secret (an therefore unassailable), he never has to worry about the cost side of things. Such a person may never have had to develop the thought-processes associated with "cost/benefit" analysis. Perhaps this is even more likely to be true if that person has the ability to make adjustments to bank accounts ... and happens to be the owner of the bank account in question.
Do they keep track of your wrong password attempts as well? Since most people have a small number passwords they reuse, recording the wrong password entries could soon give them the list of passwords you use on other sites.
"the fault here lies with... the telcos lawyers for not instructing the telcos to fight plus the heads of the telcos for caving..."
I think you're misunderstanding what is happening. Fight vs. Cave is not the question. They have no interest whatsoever in fighting the government's requests for your data. The question for the telcos has always been how to sell your data, and the only function that their lawyers have had is how to ensure that such sales are accomplished without incurring legal liability.
The telcos are in the business of selling American citizens' private data to the government. Therefore saying, as Mike did, that they "volunteered" your data to the NSA is kind of like saying they 'volunteer' to sell you phone or internet service. Your data is a marketable product and the various federal 3-letter agencies, as well as state and local LEO's are their enthusiastic customers -- spending your own tax dollars to surveil you.
Does this mean that Google can restore scans of old books that are clearly in the public domain, and which were formerly (but no longer) available on Google Books, or is that a completely separate issue pertaining to contracts Google made with universities when the scanning was done? Can anyone explain what's going on with books that are hundreds of years old?
"The gas and oil companies will stick around for a long, long time."
Your comment is just another way of saying that competition disciplines the marketplace. So long as gas-powered cars are reliable, and do not bring the hidden 'gotcha' factor found in some consumer electronics, they will have a place in the market. Renault won't be able to do much with DRM so long as there is healthy competition.
It looks like a tiny version of the "Missile Gap" propaganda promulgated by Jack Kennedy's supporters during the Cold War. Here's manipulation of the public through news media releases of "classified intelligence" was done in 1959: 1) Claim the Russians have 1500 ICBMs 2) Claim the US is dangerously behind in the arms race because we only have 130 ICBMs. 3) Make sure no one finds out that the true number of ICBMs Russia has at the time is 4.
This gag order would never have been issued if it was coming from a state within the 3rd, 6th, 7th or 9th Districts. Unfortunately Texas is in the 5th District which happens to allow the most restrictive, and at the same time the most weakly supported gag orders in the country. Based on what you can read here, here, and here, it seems unlikely that the 5th Appellate Court would overturn the gag.
Given the split between the Districts, at some future time, the standard for the issuance of a gag order will probably have to be reviewed by SCOTUS.
Are there any lawyers here who could comment on what kind of case it would take to get a SCOTUS "cert" on this issue any time soon?