NJ State Supreme Court Rules For Internet Privacy

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Aron Schatz
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April 22, 2008
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The title was a bit finicky, but the NJ Supreme Court (that means only the state of NJ) has ruled that an ISP cannot give information without a warrant from a grand jury. Basically that means that in NJ, you are safe from the state institutions against privacy violations. Sadly, this does nothing about the federal level.

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"The New Jersey Supreme Court is the first in the nation to recognize a reasonable expectation of privacy when using the internet anonymously," said Trenton-based attorney Grayson Barber, who represented six privacy rights organizations as a friend of the court. "'I think this reflects the reality that most people do expect a measure of privacy when they are using the internet anonymously."

The unanimous seven-member court held that police do have the right to seek a user's private information when investigating a crime involving a computer, but must follow legal procedures. The court said authorities do not have to warn a suspect that they have a grand jury subpoena to obtain the information.


That's a reminder. If you are committing a crime, the authorities just need to get a warrant for the information.

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