Tuesday, January 08, 2008
We previously noted Jack Zimmerman's challenge to the effect of the new Department of the Navy computer monitoring banner and policies on the attorney-client privilege. NIMJ's web site has posted an important follow-up to that controversy. NCTimes.com is reporting that a "warning to users of military computers that government agents could seize -- without cause or a warrant -- anything found on the machines is now under revision, the top legal adviser in the Marine Corps said this week." Here's a link to the full article. The article also reports: "A November memo from the Pentagon detailing the new policy stated that privileged communications remain protected from search and seizure. That piece of information, however, did not appear on the warnings that showed up on the computer screens." Brigadier General James Walker, the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant, is also attributed with saying that the banner that raised the concern was dropped last week.
Posted by Dwight Sullivan at 9:21 PM