Will Facebook Undo Privacy Laws?

Sharing so much information online may have knock on effects when its comes to government search and seizure law, expanding government power, says Yale's Information Society Project.

What's the Latest Development?


The trend called 'frictionless sharing', in which the newspaper articles you read and songs you listen to on third party sites is automatically posted to your Facebook profile, may create some troubling legal precedents, expanding the government's rights to monitor your information, says Yale's Information Society Project. The group's director, Margot Kaminski, has penned an article in the Wake Forest Law review explaining how anonymity has become increasingly decoupled from the Internet, due largely to Facebook's policy of using your real name. 

What's the Big Idea?

When it comes to the 4th Amendment, which protects civilians from unreasonable government search and seizure, the Supreme Court has consistently asked whether there is a 'reasonable expectation to privacy'. Currently, precedent on what you read has upheld that expectation of privacy when one checks out reading material at public libraries. But sharing information on Facebook 'voluntarily' may erode that protection. Government investigators are already allowed to go undercover on social media sites, posing as someone they are not. And the government need not necessarily obtain a warrant if Facebook decides to hand over your data for you. 

Photo credit: shutterstock.com

'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."

Sponsored by Northwell Health
  • Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
  • Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
  • Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
Keep reading Show less

Elizabeth Warren's plan to forgive student loan debt could lead to an economic boom

A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?

Photo credit: Drew Angerer / Getty Images
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
  • The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
  • The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
Keep reading Show less

Scientists discover how to trap mysterious dark matter

A new method promises to capture an elusive dark world particle.

Surprising Science
  • Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) devised a method for trapping dark matter particles.
  • Dark matter is estimated to take up 26.8% of all matter in the Universe.
  • The researchers will be able to try their approach in 2021, when the LHC goes back online.
Keep reading Show less

Supreme Court to hear 3 cases on LGBT workplace discrimination

In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.

(Photo by Andres Pantoja/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
  • The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
  • Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
Keep reading Show less