Re: Internet protocol proposal raises privacy concerns

David Lubkin (
Mon, 18 Oct 1999 20:55:13 -0400

>It is going to be very interesting to see if governments get to
>the point of trying to regulate the actions of their citizens
>in other countries!?! I.e. A German citizen who wants to manage
>a N site located in the U.S. or a U.S. citizen who wants to
>sell guns on a site in Cuba, etc.

Governments have been in the business of regulating their citizens' non-domestic activities for years now. They do not work hard at enforcement, though.

>If I ship my gun to a friend in Cuba, he takes 10% and then
>ships the gun to some teenager in the U.S., have I violated
>a law? [Perhaps a "conspiracy" to violate a law?]

Since a farmer feeding his hogs has been deemed interstate commerce, I'm sure that you would have committed several felonies.

>Governments may have some hope of regulating the sale of guns or
>drugs, but "data" seems pretty impossible to regulate.

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