One way to predict the likelihood that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will achieve the simple majority or supermajority needed for "clean" reauthorization of Section 702 is by looking at the voting history of serving senators.
Privacy Paradox: Rethinking Solitude
Privacy Paradox takes an unorthodox look at the law and policy of contemporary privacy: intelligence reform, the transatlantic divide over data protection and government data collection, and the incipient international law of privacy. What does the "right to be let alone" mean in a world in which we leave digital dust wherever we go and entrust our lives to companies we know to be exploiting our data for commercial gain? Do we want those companies to stand up to government or work with it—or both?
The US-UK law enforcement data exchange Agreement (should it ever be authorized by Congress) would be a positive step in regularizing the process of cross border data exchange and preventing the balkanization of the network. Fears that it is overbroad, that UK judges lack independence, or that the UK's law enforcement powers are not subject to review are themselves mistaken and a bit overblown. They also lack a due regard for the integrity of the UK democratic process.
What evil lurks in the hearts of men? Only the Shadow knows ... And now, so do the prosecutors.
Two Democratic Party donors and one DNC staffer have filed suit for invasion of privacy against the Trump campaign and campaign associate Roger Stone for alleged coordination with the Russian government regarding the hacking and leaking of DNC emails during the presidential campaign. The plaintiffs' personal information was included in the emails leaked to the public by Wikileaks, including the Social Security numbers of two of the plaintiffs. The suit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The complaint is available in full below.
Brief summaries of all 18 opinions.
Section 702 reform need not infringe on the essential foreign intelligence needs of the intelligence community.
In light of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats’s argument that quantifying the collection of U.S. person communications under Section 702 would exhaust agency resources and threaten privacy rights, here are four questions that Senator Wyden should ask now to establish why an estimate has not been provided and what could be done to encourage such an estimate in the future.
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