Sunday, March 23, 2008

None of Their Virtual Beeswax

First, UCLA employees were disciplined for looking at the electronic medical records of Britney Spears, and now corporate contractors and potential employees of the State Department are in trouble for improperly accessing the passport files of presidential candidates through digital networks. The relationship between search technologies tied to digital networks and old-fashioned curiosity about the vulnerabilities of the rich and/or famous has received little consideration in the scholarly community, but clearly labor law will have to account for these violations of privacy.

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