Navy Breaks 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Privacy Law
January 28, 1998
Case Displays the Importance of Privacy Rights Online As Judge Blocks Sailor's Dismissal. The U.S. Navy's decision to discharge a sailor with an exemplary 17-year military career on the basis of information it obtained in violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act from America Online (AOL) underscores how vital it is that federal privacy laws be enforced. 'The law tells the Navy, 'Don't ask unless you have specific legal authority,' and it tells online service providers 'Don't tell the government unless they show you the legal papers'.