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The Optic Nerve Program Meets the NSA

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Featured, Fifth Amendment, First Amendment, Human Rights in Cyberspace, National Security Law & Policy, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

Three United States Senators and members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are among many Americans who recently discovered that the National Security Agency (NSA) potentially aided the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the mass collection of Yahoo webcam images through the Optic Nerve program. The three Senators, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Udall (D-CO), and Martin […]

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Warrantless Wiretapping Fallout Continues

By   /  December 3, 2013  /  Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Featured, Fifth Amendment, First Amendment, FISA, Fourth Amendment, Human Rights in Cyberspace, Intelligence, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Searches & Seizures, Surveillance, Terrorist Trials, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

Earlier this year, a Somali-American man, Mohamed Mohamud, was convicted of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon in 2010.  On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Department of Justice’s prosecutors filed a two-page notice in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon disclosing […]

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The Right to Be Forgotten in a Digital Age

By   /  November 14, 2013  /  Big Data, Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Human Rights in Cyberspace, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

The EU has incredibly strict privacy laws compared to the US and has recently looked to expand those laws. One proposed law is called the General Data Protection Regulation, commonly referred to as the “Right to be Forgotten” law. The law could endanger free speech in the EU, as well as cause hefty repercussions for […]

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Privacy vs. Security: Analyzing Rep. Rogers’ Comments about Privacy in the Context of Blanket NSA Surveillance.

By   /  November 9, 2013  /  Big Data, Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Featured, Fifth Amendment, First Amendment, FISA, Fourth Amendment, Human Rights in Cyberspace, National Security Law, Searches & Seizures, Surveillance, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

On October 29, 2013, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held public hearings regarding NSA surveillance of U.S. citizens, and potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Services Act (FISA). Towards the end of the hearing, Chairman Mike Rogers (R.-MI.) defended domestic NSA surveillance, arguing that no one had complained about the program in ten years, […]

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The Necessity of the Haystack to Find the Needle: A Look into the Controversial NSA Bulk Collection Program

By   /  October 24, 2013  /  Big Data, Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, FISA, Fourth Amendment, Human Rights in Cyberspace, National Security Law, News & Events, Searches & Seizures, Surveillance, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

  Through leaking thousands of top-secret documents owned by the National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden publicly disclosed the broad interpretation of § 215 of the Patriot Act by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in June 2013 (wordy).  With the leaking, the telephony metadata collection program known as the “bulk collection” program, was discovered, […]

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