[Freedombox-discuss] [FTF-Legal] [Tom Marble] 4th amendment (USA) equivalent in Europe?

Tom Marble tmarble at info9.net
Wed Jan 12 04:56:26 UTC 2011


I would like to thank Phil for forwarding my question to
the European Legal Network mailing list where several
people added valuable pointers and suggestions on
the topic of privacy at home.

I tried to summarize these responses on the FreedbomBox
wiki [0].  I do not take credit for the content and did
not want to attribute the commentators without permission.

One suggestion was to ask the The European organisation
for digital rights [1] to see if they might have any
opinions or insights.  I just sent ERDi an e-mail
with the background of this discussion and asked
for further comment.

So if we consider the legal impact of "hosting one's
own services" vs. keeping one's data "in the cloud"
it would indeed seem that -- at least in the USA and
Europe -- there is a privacy benefit at home.  I suspect
that those of us who are concerned about privacy will
need to become as well versed in the relevant legal
landscape much as we have become comfortable with
open source software licensing based on copyright.

I apologize in advance for posting to both lists.
I hope that this discussion is sufficiently on topic
for each list that you will not mind my cross posting.



[0] http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/PrivacyAtHome
[1] http://www.edri.org/edrigram/number8.25-bonus-edrigram/european-organization-digital-rights

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