Jill Kelley, privacy advocate
Four months after a federal investigation and ensuing media frenzy turned her life upside down, Tampa hostess and former honorary consul Jill Kelley is offering advice on protecting privacy.
Her short essay, “How to Save Privacy,” appears online at Bloomberg Businessweek. It says:
When my name was leaked after I reported a stalking incident last year, leading to numerous false headlines and articles, I learned the scope of the government’s authority to view e-mail. Until new legislation is passed, our legal protections online are minimal. For example, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act was written with a loophole that allows government to read e-mail over 180 days old without a warrant. Public e-mail servers receive thousands of government requests a month for e-mail. Your e-mail may be read as you are reading this; the government may be surveilling your business, taxes, and personal conversations. Other forms of communication (U.S. mail and telephone calls) are protected and require a search warrant for surveillance. Another provision in our privacy laws that needs change is the protection of those who report a crime. Otherwise, law-abiding citizens will fear the unexpected consequences of a leak by the authorities. Until our privacy laws give us both privacy and protection, I’ll continue to be an advocate for reform, so others don’t have to go through the challenges my friends and family endured.
The essay is one of 46 How-to features Bloomberg Businessweek is offering on a variety of topics, including how to get people to listen, run your company like an improve group, read a financial statement, secure your online identify, argue like a pundit and walk like a zombie. Along with Kelley, the authors range from Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman to Newt Gingrich to Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson.