School of Law Professor William Dunlap offers insight on the government’s collection of personal data

dunlapWilliam Dunlap, a professor in the Quinnipiac University School of Law, told the New Haven Register that the USA Patriot Act provisions under which the collection of telephone records of millions of U.S. customers took place appear to be legal.

“We may disagree with the administration’s policy and may disagree with the act of Congress that authorized this but … I don’t see a violation of the law,” the newspaper quoted Dunlap as saying.

The government is “only getting information about the telephone that made the call, the telephone that received the call and the duration … but nothing about the content of the conversation,” Dunlap told the newspaper. “It does not appear to violate the search and seizure requirements of the Fourth Amendment because it’s not gathering what the courts have regarded as private information, like the contents of a telephone conversation.”

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