Jake Laperruque

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Jake Laperruque is Deputy Director of the Security and Surveillance Project at the Center For Democracy & Technology (CDT). His work focuses on national security surveillance, facial recognition, location privacy, and other key issues at the intersection of new technologies with privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. Prior to joining CDT, Jake worked as Senior Counsel at the Constitution Project at the Project On Government Oversight. He also previously served as a Program Fellow at the Open Technology Institute, and a Law Clerk on the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. Jake is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Washington University in St. Louis.

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facial recognition

The Facial Recognition Act: A Promising Path to Put Guardrails on a Dangerously Unregulated Surveillance Technology

There’s consensus in Congress that facial recognition needs to be reined in, but not nearly enough action to bring about effective rules. A new bill could jump-start the debate and move the nation toward the comprehensive set of limits that are needed.

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

A Proposed Agenda for a New PCLOB

President Trump recently nominated Travis LeBlanc and Aditya Bamzai as members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), placing a full set of five nominees before the Senate and creating the possibility that the inquorate body could soon be revived. (A quorum requires three members; since early 2017, the body’s only member has been Elisabeth Collins.) This would be a welcome change.

FISA: 702 Collection

How Congress Should Evaluate Section 702’s Security Value When Debating Its Reauthorization

We are rapidly approaching the point where Congress must decide the future of Section 702 of FISA, the authority for the PRISM and Upstream warrantless surveillance programs that expires at the end of this year. Unfortunately, as was made apparent during last week’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, so far much of the defense of Section 702 has centered on the surface-level rationale that Section 702 is too valuable to allow to sunset.

FISA: 702 Collection

Closing Section 702 “Backdoor Search Loophole” Also Means Companion Reforms to Use Restrictions

With FISA Section 702 set to expire at the end of the year, Congress will soon move to a debate over reform and reauthorization for the first time since the Snowden revelations. Undoubtedly, one high-profile reform proposal will be closing the “backdoor search loophole.” Doing so would prohibit government queries deliberately seeking out Americans’ communications without first obtaining a warrant, an essential step forward.


How a Chain Link Fence Can Protect Privacy in the Age of “Collect It All”

In today’s digital age, virtually everything we do is in some way collected and catalogued. This phenomenon will grow as the Internet of Things expands, cameras in public become more common, and tracking technologies like GPS become more effective. At the same time, the government’s focus on counterterrorism since 9/11 has amplified the role of surveillance to an unprecedented degree.