Another Kind of Patriot Game
October 19, 2007
A story published today by the Associated Press explains that:
The New England Patriots have won a bid to get the names of all the fans who bought or sold - or tried to buy or sell - tickets to home games through online ticket reseller StubHub Inc., a move one technology group sees as an invasion of privacy.That "technology group" is CDT. Here is a little more detail: CDT is concerned about the breadth of the of the Patriot's discovery request. If the request were only for the names and contact information of those who had clearly broken the law, we would have little issue. However, the order would include information of individuals that bid on the game for under ticket price, but did not win and may never even have gone to a game. That is simply too much information. The Patriots, having just gone through the recent spygate scandal, should be more sensitive to the privacy of law abiding Internet users.