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NSA, FBI, DOJ–Damned If You Do, And Damned if You Don’t

Federal courts have issued conflicting orders to destroy and to preserve the very same data, as reported earlier.  It is not unusual for courts to conflict.  One district court found the metadata collection program to be constitutional and another found it to be unconstitutional.  Indeed, one of the primary reason that the Supreme Court accepts […]

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Mar 12th, 2014 EFF, FISA, NSA

New Momentum for Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform

Yesterday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), one of the most prominent non-profit digital rights organizations, released a statement on their website, calling for support of the Email Privacy Act. The bill seeks to amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA), primarily by the requirement of a probable cause warrant for any governmental access to users’ […]

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1st Instead of 4th Amendment Challenge to NSA Data Collection

An email from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) received yesterday, 7/16/13, supports my analysis of Constitutional challenges to the collection of metadata from companies such as Verizon. In an earlier post, I responded to a friend’s Facebook post which argued: “The 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution of my country, Article 12 of the Universal […]

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DOJ on hackback, APT1, and does CISPA enable hackback?: The Volokh Conspiracy/EFF

Per usual, Stewart Baker wrote a wonderful article for The Volokh Conspiracy recounting a Luxembourger’s actual hackback against Mandiant’s famed APT1, or what is most likely PLA Unit 61398.  In doing so, Baker came out forcefuly and persusaively against the DOJ’s stand on hackback/active defense/mitigative counterstriking.  That stance is that hackback (but perhaps not active […]

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Apr 14th, 2013 EFF, Legislation

The EFF is Wrong About Aaron Swartz, But Right About the CFAA

A newsletter today from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) proclaims, “Help us save the next Aaron Swartz.”  But, when you click through to their webpage, Fix the CFAA, most of the criticism is about: “The Justice Department thinks the CFAA [Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Title 18, United States Code, Section 1030, et seq.] criminalizes […]

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Can internet activism turn into a real political movement? The Economist

On Jan 5, 2013, The Economist ran a wonderful article discussing internet users’ political power.  Opening with a discussion of netizen victories over SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and other restrictive internet laws, the article suggested that internet users organized against restrictive laws bear similarity to both the Green Movement and the counter-culture movement of the 60s. […]

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Electronic Frontier Foundation: Commerce Department Should Embrace ‘Do Not Track’

According to a Press Release from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, dated February 1, 2011, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed comments with the Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force, in which they urge "the department to embrace the system and support legislation that would authorize the Federal Trade Commission to act on Do […]

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Real ID Online? New Federal Online Identity Plan Raises Privacy and Free Speech Concerns | Electronic Frontier Foundation

A commentary on the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation challenges the underlying assumptions of the draft National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NS-TIC). Probably the biggest conceptual problem is that the draft NSTIC seems to place unquestioning faith in authentication — a system of proving one's identity — as an approach to solving […]

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

Anna Maria Castillois 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography

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