Tag: right to privacy

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A not-quite rebuttal to Susan’s post on the perils of contact tracing (when performed by government employees over the phone)… As I previously mentioned on R>, I’ve been intrigued by the Distributed Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (DP-3T) protocol as a voluntary way of notifying individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 without revealing how that […]

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The Rule of Lawyers


Let me start by telling you a story. Mr. @MattBalzer and I, we make board games. One of these games we call the Presidential Rumble. You play as one of history’s greatest presidents in the midst of a knock-down drag-out election against each other, marshaling characters from the past and laying claim to the symbols of liberty. You get some pretty great things going on; in one game Martin Luther King Jr. named Frank Sinatra to the Supreme Court. In another, Joe McCarthy declared Tecumseh to be a communist. You’ll frequently see the FBI confiscate the Constitution as evidence or the EPA declare the Statue of Liberty to be polluting and destroy it.

I’ve printed up several prototypes too. There’s a company out of Madison, WI called The Game Crafter that specializes in this sort of thing. They’ve got a pretty good racket; there are a lot more people who want to make board games then there are people who will make a living that way. The Game Crafter will professionally print and assemble single copies of a game, so you can get your idea produced even if your only customer is your mother. Really I’ve had excellent experiences with them, excepting one thing.

The last time I tried printing up a copy of my game they flat out refused because my game was referencing real people I may have been legally infringing on their personality rights. Up until that point I hadn’t heard of such a thing, but five minutes on the internet brings up the Wisconsin statue (they and I operate out of WI, so Wisconsin law should be good enough for the both of us.) The law prohibits:

Richard Epstein examines Carpenter v. United States, a Supreme Court case testing the limits of the government’s ability to engage in digital surveillance, and explains the ideal balance between liberty and security.