Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sterling is permanently tarnished.

Suicide of Tyler Clementi
Suicide of Tyler Clementi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But before we all move on to the next infotainment distraction, let's stop to consider the one --- and in my view only --- serious issue in this whole farce:  Sterling didn't know he was being taped.  He thought he was having a private conversation, if I understand the facts of his case.

Isn't it about time we get serious about privacy rights in this internet age?  From Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student whose sexual encounter was surreptitiously videoed and launched into cyberspace by his mindless roommate (leading to Clementi's suicide), to this latest fiasco... all vectors point to toughening up our privacy laws.

A century ago, Brandeis, before he became a Justice of the Supreme Court, wrote a persuasive article which is credited with creating the tort of invasion of privacy.  Perhaps we need another Brandeis to lead the charge now and reestablish respect for privacy.
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