Panel Discussion: Tech Companies Push For Privacy


SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN SILICON VALLEY WANT TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR YOUR RECORDS TO BE TURNED OVER TO AUTHORITIES. THE TECH COMPANIES FILED WITH THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT SEEKING CLARIFICATIONS IF AUTHORITIES NEED A SEARCH WARRANT BEFORE INFORMATION IS RELEASED TO THEM. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK FOR THE POLICE TO GET ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION ON US, THEY WOULD HAVE TO GET A WARRANT. NOT IN THIS CASE. THIS CASE IN FRONT OF THE SUPREME COURT INVOLVES A GUY WHO ROBBED A COUPLE OF BANKS. HE WAS CAUGHT BECAUSE THE POLICE WERE ABLE TO REACH OUT TO THE CELL PHONE COMPANIES AND SAY WE HAVE A RADIO SHACK HIT. THEY GAVE A COUPLE OF PLACES. THE CELL PHONE COMPANIES WERE ABLE TO SAY THERE IS A COUPLE OF NUMBERS THAT KEEP POPPING UP NEAR THESE STORES. THEN THEY BUSTED THIS GUY. ON THE ONE HAND THIS FEELS LIKE THIS IS THE NEXT EPISODE OF CSI. IT SOUNDS GOOD. I THINK ON THE FACE YOU WANT LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HAVE THE TOOLS. THEY NEED TO GET THE BAD GUYS. ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU ARE BEING TRACKED. I THINK THAT MIGHT BE THE LINE WHERE PEOPLE WILL PUSH BACK. I DON’T WANT TO BE TRACKED. THAT’S WHY IT IS SIGNIFICANT. JUST BY HAVING MY CELL PHONE POLICE CAN PULL UP WHERE I AM. I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT BECAUSE I’M NOT ROBBING ANY BANKS. IT IS THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF THEM HAVING ACCESS. I DON’T THINK IT MATTERS I’M ROBBING BANKS BUT I DON’T THINK THEY SHOULD BE TRACKING ME OR ANYBODY. UNLESS THEY HAVE A REASON THEN YOU HAVE A WARRANT AND A PROCESS. AT LEAST YOU HAVE A WAY TO APPEAL. WE, AS THE PUBLIC HAVE A WAY TO SAY WHAT ARE YOU TRACKING? I THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT. WHAT YOU DESCRIBED WAS A FISHING EXPEDITION. SAYING HERE’S A COUPLE OF PLACES. CAN YOU GIVE US NUMBERS. IF THE POLICE SUSPECT MATT BRICKMAN IS ROBBING A BANK. GET A WARRANT FOR MY CELL PHONE RECORDS. I THINK CURRENT LAW, THE WAY IT IS WRITTEN, THE WAY YOU ARE USING YOUR CELL PHONE IS YOU ARE SENDING YOUR DATA VOLUNTARILY UP TO THESE COMPANIES. YOU ARE SENDING IT THROUGH THE AIR. AND THE LAW DOESN’T NECESSARILY, RIGHT NOW, PROTECT THIS. THAT’S WHAT THE SUPREME COURT IS DEALING WITH. THE PROBLEM WITH THE LAWS IS THEY ARE NOT CHANGING FAST ENOUGH TO KEEP UP WITH THE WAY TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING. WE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE AN OUTPACING THAT HAPPENS. THE POLICE WOULD ARGUE IN THESE CASES WHAT IF YOU HAVE A MISSING CHILD OR A KIDNAPPED CHILD. YOU HAVE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE MINUTES MATTER. CAN YOU GET A BLANKET WARRANT FOR THAT? I DON’T THINK SO. IT FEELS LESS URGENT. WE ARE SENDING OUR DATA AND INFORMATION UP TO COMPANIES ALL THE TIME. BUT WHEN WE DO THAT, WE HAVE THIS IDEA THAT WE ARE SENDING IT TO THEM FOR A SPECIFIC USE. THAT’S IS SO WE CAN USE IT, NOT

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