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Gmail Opinion: Sensational Headlines Shouldn’t Drive Privacy Policy

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 20, 2013

Last week, Gmail made its way back into headlines after a court document was released that included Google quoting the Supreme Court case Smith v. Maryland about users having “no reasonable expectation of privacy.” Several media sources picked up the story, but there seemed to be confusion around interpreting the quote. In this Privacy Perspectives blog post, InfoLawGroup Founding Partner Tanya Forsheit, CIPP/US, asserts Google “did not actually say that,” adding, “But what happened last week reaches far beyond Google and demonstrates the folly of letting the media drive the privacy debate in this country—and consequently, the development of privacy law and policy.”
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