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December 2003 , Page 41 

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Reviews in Review

By Ellen S. Podgor

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Daniel J. Solove
Digital Dossiers and the Dissipation of Fourth Amendment Privacy
75 Southern California Law Review 1083 (2002)

Professor Daniel Solove begins this article by providing a frightening list of information accessible to the public and thus, the government. He describes the numerous dangers of permitting government accumulation of private data such as “extensive government-gathering from third part records,” which he aptly notes can “implicate[ ] the right to speak anonymously.” He states that “by obtaining private sector records, the government can conduct the type of ‘fishing expeditions’ that the Framers feared.”  

He summarizes the many different legal theories expressed by leading scholars on Fourth Amendment privacy issues. Professor Solove argues for increased oversight of the government’s obtaining of information. For example, he argues that “the Fourth Amendment architecture should be resurrected statutorily, by heightening the stand

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