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Amicus Brief: Microsoft Warrant Case

The Microsoft warrant case in the Supreme Court involves a demand by the U.S. government that Microsoft repatriate content data stored in a data center in Ireland and provide it to DOJ. The case raises a number of deeply interesting and complex issues about law enforcement cooperation; extraterritoriality of Ameican law; commercial matters; data privacy concerns; and implications for reciprocal sovereignity in a digitized world. Along with many far more notable former officials, I joined an amicus brief filed the other day in support of neither party. Here's a copy:

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In Defense of the Mosaic Theory

The Carpenter case asks whether and how we should update Fourth Amendment doctrine to accomodate technological change.  This post defends the proposition that the mosaic theory (the idea that the "whole of data is greater than the sum of its parts") is technologically accurate and a good construct for thinking about these changes.   Thought of properly, Carpenter still loses -- but in a different way that is more protective of individual privacy.

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