SSN Web site appeal

The Electronic Privacy Information Center will file a friend of the court brief in support of BJ Ostergren, also known as The Virginia Watchdog. Ostergren obtains the Social Security numbers from public records and publishes them on her Web site to protest government posting personal information online. A lower federal court ruled in Ostergren's favor when she challenged a Virginia law making it a crime to publish SSNs; the state AG is appealing that ruling to the 4th Circuit.