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Supreme Court nominee Barrett says US courts can decide technology-privacy questions through intent of Constitution's framers

By Mike Swift and Michael Acton
  • 13 Oct 2020 20:56
  • 13 Oct 2020 22:32
US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett said today that privacy questions around modern technology can still be construed according to the intent of the framers of the Constitution, as long as the application of technology is “analogous” to rights the framers were trying to protect in the 18th Century.

Barrett was responding

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Mike Swift

Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent


Mike Swift is an award-winning journalist who has been at the forefront of covering data, privacy and cybersecurity regulatory news for more than a decade. As the Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent for MLex, in addition to reporting, he coordinates MLex’s worldwide coverage in the practice area. Formerly chief Internet reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and SiliconValley.com, Mike has covered Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies and has closely tracked technology and regulatory trends in Silicon Valley. He has wide ranging expertise from the business of professional sports to computer-assisted reporting. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, he is a graduate of Colby College.

Michael Acton

Senior Correspondent


Michael is a senior correspondent for MLex in San Francisco, where he moved in 2020 after working in our Brussels bureau. Before joining MLex, he reported on EU politics as the Financial Times’ Nico Colchester Fellow in Brussels. Michael has a degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge, and a degree in History and French from University College London and Paris IV Sorbonne.

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