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FISA: 702 Collection

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

In order to be effective at protecting privacy and due process rights, closing the backdoor search loophole must also be paired with additional restrictions on using Section 702 data for domestic criminal investigations.

The Russia Connection

The Treatment of Flynn’s Phone Calls Complies with FISA Minimization Procedures

Under minimization rules, no serious argument can be made that Flynn’s identity was not necessary to understand the intelligence significance of his call with the Russian ambassador. The call is foreign intelligence information mainly because it involves Mr. Flynn.

Privacy Paradox

An Easy Win: Replenishing the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB)

With this week’s White House announcement of an intent to nominate additional leadership officials at the Department of Justice, one of whom is current Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) member Rachel Brand, the PCLOB is one step closer to conducting its business with a lone remaining member, Elisebeth Collins. Board members may not serve in separate U.S. government positions.

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