The idea of an ISP handing over user data to governments without the aid of a search warrant has some troubling implications for privacy advocates and civil liberties proponents.
In the WikiLeaks case, the line between advocates and participants in the transfer of data can sometimes be blurry. If in its ongoing investigation into WikiLeaks the U.S. Department of Justice is free to ask Google, Twitter or Facebook for private data without users’ knowledge, who’s to say they can’t access private information about people who have merely expressed sympathy for the organization?
Tech companies haven’t necessarily rolled over and played dead on the issue. When the DoJ made a similar WikiLeaks-related request of Twitter in December, the company succeeded in having the order unsealed, meaning it was able to notify users about the request.
Google is among a number of tech companies that are asking Congress to rethink the law in light of the unexpected ways in which the Web has evolved in the last several years.
Utan att ha ett domstolsbeslut i ryggen begärde Amerikanska Staten att få ut kontouppgifter om en kund hos Google Gmail. Google lämnade ut uppgifterna utan att ställa en fråga. Det ställer integritetsskyddet hos Google på sin spets. Kan vem som helst begära ut information?