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Op-ed: The shocking strangeness of our 25-year-old digital privacy law


The courts have been equally slow in recognizing the significance of the Internet. The Supreme Court still has never ruled on whether e-mail is protected by the Constitution. Next month, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case involving GPS tracking; let’s hope it doesn’t tell us we have to wait 40 years for the Constitution to cover GPS. But whatever the outcome in that case, it is unlikely to resolve all the issues associated with the new technologies we depend on now in our daily lives.