(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Thursday, January 23, 2003

If you want to be disturbed this morning, read the Eleventh Circuit's opinion (issued last week but only just now available in html) in US v. Steiger. It's disturbing to me for two reasons: as an example of the horrible things that some people do to children, and as an example of the near-total lack of privacy that we have by virtue of modern technology (including the internet). Steiger, for whom I have no love at all in case you need to have the obvious stated, was caught by some anonymous person in Turkey who makes a hobby of tricking people into downloading trojan horses by which he can scour their hard drives. Rightly or wrongly, the Eleventh Circuit holds that the admission of the evidence gathered by the anonymous guy did not violate federal wiretapping laws. Surely one aspect or the other of the situtation -- and perhaps both -- will disturb you too.

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