Digital surveillance and smartphone technology may prove helpful in containing the coronavirus pandemic — but some activists fear this could mean lasting harm to privacy and digital rights. Ryan Calo, associate professor of law at the UW, is quoted. [This AFP story appeared in several outlets]
When a resident of the Tulalip Tribe in Western Washington tested positive for coronavirus, Chairwoman Teri Gobin quickly let her people know the tribe’s priority in limiting the spread. Robert Anderson, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
The power of governors and mayors to enforce social distancing and stay-at-home policies boils down to statutes and ordinances to determine the extent of an executive’s power. Local governments often have more power than the federal government in these situations. Hugh Spitzer, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
As public health workers race to stop the coronavirus, some in the technology field have borrowed from a novel tool to tell how far the illness has spread: your cellphone. Ryan Calo, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Cellular location data could help authorities fight the coronavirus. But gaining access to this data, even amid a global pandemic, is made more complex by the legal and ethical issues surrounding government access to information that can reveal intimate details about citizens’ lives.
"If enacted, the Washington Privacy Act, currently being considered in the state Legislature, would be the strongest, most comprehensive privacy law in the country. It would give Washington residents new rights and new protections they do not currently have under either state or federal law," writes Mike Hintze, an instructor of law at the UW.
he Trump administration can’t undo former President Barack Obama's block on oil and gas drilling in large areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans because Congress didn’t explicitly provide the president with the power to revoke these protections, environmental law professors have told the Ninth Circuit.
The judge weighing Amazon’s request to depose Trump will balance the necessity of the president’s testimony with the “burden it presents,” said Jeffrey Feldman, a University of Washington professor and constitutional lawyer.
A group of Senate Republicans held a press conference Jan. 21 to articulate their vision of how to end homelessness in Washington, which would rely on existing funding and could strip the progressive stronghold of Seattle and King County of some authority to implement its own existing policies.
Bremerton’s code passes muster under the ruling, according to Bob Gomulkiewicz, a professor of law at the University of Washington who teaches classes on intellectual property law and freedom of speech.
University of Washington law professor Hugh Spitzer agreed that the measure was unlikely to advance, given that Democrats currently control both houses in Olympia. “I think it’s likely to be just a tool to highlight the fact that Inslee has already served two terms and to help Fortunato’s fortunes I imagine,” he said.