Legal news website Groklaw closes because of US surveillance


Legal news website Groklaw closes because of US surveillance

Warwick Ashford

Legal news website Groklaw has closed because founder Pamela Jones says it cannot operate under current US surveillance policies.

US legal industry pundits said the site had been a good source of information about the latest developments in technology law and policy, according to the BBC.


Groklaw promised sources anonymity, but said it could no longer ensure that because of the US National Security Agency’s practice of screening emails from abroad revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The NSA has since confirmed that it collected and analysed emails from non-US persons, and that messages from US citizens were sometimes acquired as part of its internet surveillance operations.

"There is now no private way, evidently, to collaborate,” said Jones in what she described as “the last Groklaw article” in a posting on the site.

She added: "What kind of world are we living in if the governments of the world think total surveillance is an appropriate thing?"

Groklaw was founded in 2003 and focused on technology and patent cases, most recently reporting on the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung.

Other top things covered by the site include SCO’s battle with Novell over Linux copyright and Oracle's battle with Google over the Java API.

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