Derek Reinbold  //  4/2/17  //  Topic Update

A bill that would allow internet service providers to market customers' browsing history to third parties, without customer permission, is heading to President Trump's desk (ABA Journal).

  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai views the bill favorably.
  • Glenn Greenwald argues the House vote illustrates the power of telecom giants in Washington at The Intercept.
  • Peter Eckersley and Jeremy Gillula describe how cybersecurity would be affected by repeal (Electronic Frontier Foundation).

In a rare en banc session, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court will consider the ACLU's claim that it has standing to assert a First Amendment right to see FISC decisions upholding the government's bulk data collection program (Lawfare).

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

Customs officers searched an estimated 30,200 cellphones, computers and other electronic devices of people entering and leaving the United States last year, up 60 percent from 2016.

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Justice Gorsuch's limitation of his use of the word 'privacy' at the oral argument of Carpenter v. United States may mean a desire to limit substantive due process doctrine in the future. DHS's costly implementation of facial screening technology at airports is technologically flawed and is a significant escalation in government surveillance, claims a report from Georgetown University researchers. Use of fear-mongering tactics in the campaign to pass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act demonstrates contempt for Fourth Amendment rights.

Updates | The Week of October 16

10/21/17  //  Daily Update

Contrary to Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein's recent speech, encryption is not just a weapon, but a shield.