GA: State computer privacy statute doesn’t protect IP information from third-party disclosure

A state computer privacy statute cannot be interpreted to protect IP information from administrative subpoena. The state courts have already held it isn’t protected because it’s third-party information. Courtney v. State, 2017 Ga. App. LEXIS 56 (Feb. 17, 2017):

Here, however, Courtney contends that OCGA § 16-9-109 (b) grants him a reasonable expectation of privacy in the information listed therein, including his name and address, because it defines the circumstances under which an IP may be compelled to disclose that information to a law enforcement agency. This argument is without merit because, as explained below, OCGA § 16-9-109 (b) addresses the disclosure obligations of third-party IPs, not individual criminal defendants.

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