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Third Party Doctrine: Supporting Government’s Desire to Collect Information

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Big Data, Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, FISA, Fourth Amendment, Intelligence, Surveillance, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

In the past decade the Senate and House of Representatives have attempted to address the ever-growing concerns surrounding cyber-attacks (i.e., independent computer-network attacks), and cyber-espionage (i.e., government funded network attacks) through a variety of legislation.[1] The majority of proposed legislation on this topic is targeted towards improving information sharing networks across both private and public […]

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Limiting Surveillance of non-US Citizens with Presidential Policy Directive Twenty-Eight

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Surveillance  /  No Comments

In response to the Snowden leaks, President Obama and Congress imposed a series of reforms including Presidential Policy Directive Twenty-Eight. Although the directive was created to promote transparency and limit surveillance operations, the changes are largely ornamental do not reflect a significant desire to change current surveillance practices. In June 2013, Edward Snowden released classified […]

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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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Spying for Security or Spying because of Habit?

By   /  November 17, 2013  /  Counterterrorism, Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, First Amendment, Intelligence, National Security Law, Secrecy, Surveillance, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman recently wrote an AP article stating that continued spying on mosques in New York City has not proven to hinder any threats to national security. According to Apuzzo and Goldman, the New York Police Department has continued to spy on mosques throughout New York City and […]

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Keep Your Friends Close . . .

By   /  November 11, 2013  /  Big Data, Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Foreign Relations, Intelligence, International Law, International Security, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Secrecy, Surveillance, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

The recent media circus surrounding the leaking of classified information concerning our National Security Agency (NSA) cell phone monitoring programs by Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor, has shed much light but little clarity.  While the existence of the program is without question, the criteria for inclusion are seen as overly broad . . . everyone. […]

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