November 7, 2006 12:23PM

Legal Process Is Good Business

I’ve written here a couple of times about how government access to data threatens many new and forthcoming business models.

TechDirt, a favorite tech‐​business blog, writes today about some ISPs’ perceived lack of cooperation with law enforcement. That ‘lack of cooperation’ is asking for a warrant before revealing customer data. “But requiring a warrant is a check against abuse; without them it’s hard for ISPs to judge the legitimacy and seriousness of a request. By valuing privacy, they better serve their customers, and ensure that law enforcement is only pursuing cases within the scope of the law.”

Very nice to see a business‐​oriented blog showing how privacy protection nests with commercial interests and good government.