An overview of the significance of the first major government surveillance reform legislation in decades.
Caroline Lynch served on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations for ten years, eight years as the Subcommittee's Chief Counsel. She handled the Committee's national security, counterterrorism, and criminal and foreign surveillance portfolios and oversaw the negotiations and drafting of numerous pieces of legislation, including the Email Privacy Act, the USA Freedom Act, and the FISA Amendments Act. She previously served as Chief Counsel to the House Repubican Policy Committee.
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FISA Section 702 is up for reauthorization, and Congress is wringing its hands again. This time the monster in the closet is the incidental collection and unmasking of U.S. person communications.
Thoughts on sunsets before the House Judiciary Committee begins its two-part hearing tomorrow on reauthorizing Section 702 of FISA.
Below is a summary of a few of the high level issues that Congress may address in ECPA reform beyond establishing the warrant-only standard for criminal investigations.