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July 29, 2014
“This is a debate about Americans’ fundamental relationship with their government,” Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., said on the Senate floor Tuesday about his new bill to limit surveillance. “About whether our government should have the power to create massive databases of information about its citizens or whether we are in control of our own government, not the other way around.”
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to introduce new surveillance overhaul legislation.
July 21, 2014
Georgetown University Law Center has created a new Center on Privacy and Technology and has hired Senate Judiciary Committee staffer Alvaro M. Bedoya as its executive director.
July 8, 2014
“The Third Department of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Staff Department” is a mouthful, but you can be sure that you’ll be hearing more of its abbreviated name: 3PLA. Spy-watchers say the agency “is central to China’s military strategy, tasked with monitoring and analyzing much of the world’s communications—including embassy cables, corporate emails and criminal networks—for foreign threats and competitive advantages,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
July 7, 2014
Things are getting back into swing after the three-day weekend with events this week on net neutrality and digital privacy, and a workshop on inmate calling services.
July 3, 2014
Will the way people access and share content on the Internet be significantly worse in 2025 compared to now? And what are the “most serious threats to the most effective accessing and sharing” of content online?
July 2, 2014
CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta writes that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has concluded that the “government’s use of controversial intelligence authority used to target the communications of foreigners has been legal and useful, in contrast to accusations from several lawmakers who have labeled such programs as ‘backdoor’ surveillance on Americans.”
June 25, 2014
Among the 12 annual spending bills that fund the federal government, the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill is generally one of the more contentious. But during a markup of the House’s fiscal 2015 version, there wasn’t any fight when it came to an amendment targeting a law that allows federal agencies to obtain emails older than 180 days without a search warrant.
June 19, 2014
Lawmakers and regulators have been keeping a firm eye on “mall tracking,” or the practice of using shoppers’ smartphones to keep track of their movements or send retail information out to them. This week a big bank announced that it’s getting into the game in a big way, while an official for the Federal Trade Commission offered some more insight into how smartphones make it relatively easy.