The revelations about the NSA spying on metadata--which then spiraled into U.K. and French revelations of similarly unsettling secret programs-- has created a lot of media noise and drummed up considerable anxiety. However, straight talk about its Constitutionality or lack thereof, and the many other legal implications, gets lost. How does the government's collection of metadata fit into the ever-evolving privacy laws related to Fourth Amendment protections? How does it relate to the provisions in the Patriot Act? Dr. Adina Schwartz's recent post on the website of the Center for Cybercrime Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, provides a clear encapsulation of the key issues at stake and their ramifications. Read her expert analysis here.
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