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.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

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.