The Long Arm of the Law

THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW….Can the state of Virginia prosecute someone merely because they sent some email (OK, OK, a lot of email) and it happened to pass through an internet hub in Virginia? Henry Farrell ponders the consequences of this.

As much as I’m happy to see someone going after spammers, this strikes me as a very dangerous precedent. I really don’t want to be subject to Virginia law ? or Alabama law or French law ? simply because I send an email that happens to pass through there on its way to its destination.