This Meta-data thing is really bugging me. On NPR this morning they were saying it is “just” information about the call or email, not the information itself.
I said to myself, “huh”. What did we call it in the days before cell phones and email? We called it “Phone records”. And how was law enforcement able to get their hands on it? Through a subpoena. It is a violation of privacy. It is a search. And the fourth amendment says all you need to know about it.
If there is no subpoena, NO law enforcement agency has the right to collect this info according to the fourth amendment. I don’t care if you DO want to call it “meta-data”. We have a right to the privacy of our metadata.
End of story.
On NPR this morning they were saying it is just information about the call or email, not the information itself.
Does anyone doubt that National Propaganda Radio would be reporting this in a far more sinister light if a Republican was president?