Privacy and the data toothpaste problem

Two prominent appellate courts have ruled in two unrelated privacy cases and dealt dual blows to privacy. A New York state appeals court said that Facebook had no right to resist coughing up extensive details about what its users are saying, while a federal appeals court said that anyone who unintentionally telephones someone — a pocket-dial, sometimes known a bit more impolitely — can’t expect the listener to not listen and use the information.

The upshot of both cases points to a...

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