Landmark Ruling on Unpaid Internships

Interns working at Fox Searchlight were treated just like any other employee. They learned about the specifics of their workplace, they got a line on their resume, they got the same opportunities and training that any paid employee got. And no more.

That means they weren’t really “interns.”  They were just free labor.    Continue reading

A Click Away from Conviction: Can PRISM Data Be Legally Used Against You in a Domestic Court?

With the recent disclosures of the mind-blowing extent of the government’s electronic surveillance via the PRISM program, many news outlets have expressed concern that this information might be used for illicit purposes. Now that the NSA has easy access to everyone’s emails, chats, Skype calls, texts and Google searches, what if a disgruntled employee decides to dump a bunch of embarrassing content onto Reddit? What of the possibility of blackmailing political opponents, a la CoIntelPro?

While these are certainly valid concerns, we should also be concerned about the potential for entirely legal abuse of this information. Any of your emails, chats, and searches that may have been mopped up in a PRISM dragnet may well constitute admissible evidence against you for crimes that have nothing to do with terrorism or foreign intelligence. Continue reading