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Future Tense Newsletter: How Courts Tiptoe Around Digital Privacy Decisions

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The following is an excerpt from Kirsten Berg | April 12, 2017 | Slate.com |

Greetings, Future Tensers,

Last week, the New York Court of Appeals had the opportunity to issue a ruling that could have limited law enforcement’s ability to issue dragnet-style warrants for text, photos, videos, and other personal data during criminal investigations. It declined, denying Facebook’s argument that a district attorney’s overbroad request for the contents of 381 accounts violated its users’ privacy rights.

Instead, writes Jill Priluck, the court sidestepped the issue by ruling against the social media company on a narrower jurisdictional question. Many other American courts have conspicuously avoided pivotal privacy decisions involving new technologies, too. The trend isn’t just baffling, she explains, “but also too important to dodge.”

Elsewhere on Future Tense, we’re continuing this month’s Futurography series exploring synthetic biology. Robert Hart wrote about the divide between biotech’s intellectual property proponents and its open-source counterculture warriors.

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