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Judge blocks CA law that would prevent doxing of lawmakers




A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee typing on a computer keyboard at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow.
A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee typing on a computer keyboard at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow.
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On Monday, a federal judge in Fresno blocked a state law that would let public officials call for personal information to be removed from the internet.

As reported by AP, that means a gun owner’s rights advocates can post the address and phone number of a California lawmaker who voted for firearm restrictions.

U.S. Chief District Judge Lawrence O’Neill ruled that the aforementioned law was too broad and infringed on the free speech rights of citizens. According to Judge O’Neill’s opinion, posting a lawmaker’s private information  is a form of political protest.

Should California lawmakers protect the personal information of public figures? Or is a legislator’s personal information of concern to the public?

Guest:

Aaron Caplan, professor of law at Loyola Law School