FISA Reauthorization Still Pending

First, subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want all the content on my blog delivered to your inbox four times a week. More than a year after Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities expired, there are no clear plans for Congress to reauthorize these provisions Twitter The received wisdom in Washington was a … Continue reading FISA Reauthorization Still Pending

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (28 April 2021)

Other Developments The United Kingdom’s (UK) Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden indicated that the British government would intervene to possibly stop the acquisition of a British semiconductor manufacturer. NVIDIA Corporation had proposed to buy ARM Limited (ARM) from SoftBank in $40 billion deal. Dowden wrote the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) “to inform them of his … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (28 April 2021)

Wyden Gets DIA To Acknowledge Buying Location Data

Another agency admits to buying and using smartphone location data, using a loophole in the Fourth Amendment. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has again prompted a national security agency to admit it is circumventing the Fourth Amendment bar against unreasonable searches and seizures in the United States (U.S.) However, given the current state of Fourth Amendment … Continue reading Wyden Gets DIA To Acknowledge Buying Location Data

IC Concedes PATRIOT Act Used To Collect Browsing

The top U.S. intelligence official admits the PATRIOT Act has been used to surveil a website and its visitors. This admission could result in a narrowing of FISA to stop this and related practices. In a follow-on letter to correct his previous letter the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) acknowledged the Federal Bureau of Investigation … Continue reading IC Concedes PATRIOT Act Used To Collect Browsing

House Action On FISA Fizzles; A Conference Committee Is Requested

First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. Despite House Democratic leadership’s plans to pass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) reauthorization the Senate sent back to the House earlier this month, plans for a vote … Continue reading House Action On FISA Fizzles; A Conference Committee Is Requested