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U.S. Government Targeted WikiLeaks Volunteer, ISP From Santa Rosa

Publication Date: 
October 10, 2011
Source: 
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Author: 
Derek Moore

Ryan Calo, Director of the Consumer Privacy Project at CIS, spoke with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Derek Moore to discuss the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the "disconnect between the federal law that governs electronic privacy and the state of contemporary technology."

“It highlights the disconnect between the federal law that governs electronic privacy and the state of contemporary technology,” said Ryan Calo, a fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society.

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Calo said the law was written prior to the development of technology such as location-tracking cell phones and services that allow people to store information on remote servers.

While the case involving Appelbaum does not break new legal ground, Calo said it is striking nevertheless because it reveals publicly the kind of information that increasingly is being obtained by the government behind closed doors.

He said he wishes the government “would have applied the same zeal to secure the information that they are using to prosecute this case.”