Google Online Rights Petition Surpasses Required 100K Signature Milestone

Google passed along a note letting us know that its petition on the White House web site has surpassed 107,000 signatures. The "We The People" petition calls for the White House and lawmakers to give the stuff we store online the same legal protections (Fourth Amendment) as the stuff we store offline. The petition only needed 100,000 signatures to ellicit a response from the White House at some point in the future, so it is good that it has passed this particular milestone.

Google notes that this is a good starting point but more work needs to be done to make lawmakers in Washington D.C. understand that Americans are serious about their privacy and security online and that law enforcement and spying agencies like the NSA should have to go to a court to get a warrant just like they would if they wanted to search your house or your car.

You can get started on putting your support behind further efforts to this end by visiting this Google page.

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    Sleaker says:

    Please please grammar check your first sentence there.

    Edit – At first it was really difficult to read that first sentence for me, but 'along a note' makes it moderately easier, and is proper english.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    Law enforcement cannot open safety deposit boxes without a warrant. That has long been protected by the 4th Amendment. Even then, they have to get a warrant specifying which box they want to open and what they are looking for in it. They cannot get a general warrant that allows them to open any and all boxes looking for illicit goods. 

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    Sleaker says:

    Do 4th amendment protections apply to Vault storage in banks?  I'm wondering because if this is the case then I believe data should be treated in a similar manner, the only problem this starts to get into is blurring the lines of ownership.  If you own your google account, that may limit, and make google liable for things it does with your account.  I'm not sure Google actually would want to follow this line of thinking out to it's ultimate conclusion.  It's the whole reason why we don't actually own software now, we just license it for use.  That way you can bypass all that ownership stuff that says the owner can resell etc.


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