The Bewildered User at the Center of the Legal Firestorm

Reading TechMeme and HackerNews this morning, you’ll find more stories about legal issues relating to technology than stories about innovation: the PRISM affair, the DoJ’s suit against Apple for anticompetitive ebook pricing, Samsung’s win of a sales injunction banning iPhones and iPads, Chinese hacking of US assets, patent trolling and reform and so on. It’s frustrating. But this isn’t a trend that will reverse its course. In the center of this firestorm is the user and his data, bewildered by the scale and magnitude of these confrontations.

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