Court Rules Web Users Have Expectation of Privacy
A court ruling in New Jersey this week stating that Web users have an expectation of privacy in their Internet activity and IP addresses is being viewed as a new milestone in the effort to define what constitutes personal information.
The ruling seems to signal that the court is concerned about privacy erosion in a society where data is increasingly stored digitally. Lee Tien, a lawyer with the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, called the holding a "harbinger of a trend" toward protecting online privacy. That organization, along with the ACLU, Electronic Privacy Information Center and others, filed a friend of the court brief in the case.