Quickhits: 4th Amendment & the Cloud; Dept. of Commerce Explores Privacy; Apple Plays Hardball; Kroll on Healthcare Data Security; The Senate on Facebook Privacy

  • What expectation of privacy do cloud users have vis-a-vis unreasonable searches/seizures?  An interesting article on the 4th Amendment and the Cloud.
  • Last week the U.S. Commerce Department launched an initiative to examine how the privacy of individuals is impacted in the Internet economy, with the goal of producing a report in the early fall and advising the White House. The Commerce Department is seeking public comment from the commercial sector, the academic world, all other organizations with interest in the issue, as well as individual citizens with views on the current privacy laws in the U.S. and around the world as they apply and influence the information economy.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer and other Senators are not happy about Facebook's "instant personalization" functionality.  They think "opt-in" is more appropriate in this context.