Jennifer Granick is the Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Jennifer returns to Stanford after working with the internet boutique firm of Zwillgen PLLC. Before that, she was the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Jennifer practices, speaks and writes about computer crime and security, electronic surveillance, consumer privacy, data protection, copyright, trademark and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. From 2001 to 2007, Jennifer was Executive Director of CIS and taught Cyberlaw, Computer Crime Law, Internet intermediary liability, and Internet law and policy. Before teaching at Stanford, Jennifer spent almost a decade practicing criminal defense law in California. She was selected by Information Security magazine in 2003 as one of 20 "Women of Vision" in the computer security field. She earned her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her undergraduate degree from the New College of the University of South Florida.
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TL;DR: A little bit, but not enough.
Yesterday, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued a massive report about the legally and technologically complicated government surveillance program operating under section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act Read more » about Did PCLOB Answer My Eight Questions About Section 702?
Today, the Eleventh Circuit rejected the exceedingly common law enforcement practice of warrantlessly tracking suspects’ physical location using cell phone tower data. The opinion, United States v. Davis, is both welcome and overdue. Defendants who have and will be physically tracked without a warrant have new legal support to challenge that surveillance. Read more » about Eleventh Circuit Says No to Warrantless Cell Tracking, Calls Other Metadata Programs Into Question
Over at Just Security, I have a post about the latest iteration of the USA Freedom Act. Basically, civil liberties groups are withdrawing support for the bill because it no longer clearly ends bulk collection of metadata and other information under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the NSL statutes, and the intelligence pen/trap statute as the bill was supposed to do. I explain the language changes that gutted the bill, and lament the state of Congress. Read more here. Read more » about USA Freedom Act: Oh, Well. Whatever. Nevermind.
Over at Just Security, I have a post about Ladar Levinson's legal tribulations connected to DOJ's efforts to get his service's encryption key. Read more » about Lavabit’s Owner Goes Public: His Legal Ordeal Makes For Bad Law
Yesterday I attended a conference at the Hoover Institution on “Intelligence Challenges.” I also spoke on a panel in the morning about Civil Liberties. A version of my prepared remarks is below. Ben Wittes has an interesting post on the event.
After the Estate of James Joyce refused to allow a scholar to quote Joyce in her book, we successfully defended her right under the fair use doctrine to use the quotes she needed to illustrate her scholarship. After we prevailed in the case, the Estate paid $240,000 of our client’s legal fees. Read more » about Shloss v. Estate of Joyce
In this case, two archives challenged statutes that extended copyright terms unconditionally—the Copyright Renewal Act and the Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA)—as unconstitutional under Copyright Clause and the First Amendment. Read more » about Kahle v. Gonzales
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals said no this week to tracking your movements using data from your cell phone without a warrant when it declared that this information is constitutionally protected. Read more » about New Ruling Shows the NSA Can’t Legally Justify Its Phone Spying Anymore
Reed Hundt proposes democratic action in response to our government’s secret infrastructure for monitoring and controlling modern communications. “Citizens,” he writes, “should be encouraged to take action on behalf of their own privacy and security.” Read more » about Saving Privacy
Yesterday afternoon, the White House put out a statement describing its vulnerability disclosure policies: the contentious issue of whether and when government agencies should disclose their knowledge of computer vulnerabilities. The statement falls far short of a commitment to network security for all and fails to provide the reassurance the global public needs in the midst of the NSA’s security scandal. Read more » about Obama Policy on Zero Days Craps Out
""Some members of the court will certainly try to consider the place mobile devices play in modern life," said Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society." Read more » about Quinn: Supreme Court should clarify Fourth Amendment rights in the digital age
"I would still be in prison if it weren’t for Tor, and he and Marcia Hofmann (who was co-counsel on my appeal) are the single two smartest lawyers you can go retain in private practice. Go give them all your money. The EFF and Professor Orin Kerr put in amazing work on my appeal brief, and Orin Kerr of course literally wrote the book on the subject, “Computer Crime Law”. Orin’s oral argument was so good that legal blogs keep praising its quality. The amicus briefs were also extremely compelling, my personal favorite being Jennifer Granick’s at Stanford." Read more » about Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund, TRO LLC
""USA Freedom is more comprehensive and it's essential that it pass to fix much of what is wrong with domestic surveillance," Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School." Read more » about President's plan insufficient to rein in NSA, privacy advocates say
"“At the outset of this study, we shared the same hypothesis as our computer science colleagues—we thought phone metadata could be very sensitive,” Jonathan Mayer, a graduate student leading the project, wrote on Wednesday."
Jennifer Granick, the director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society where Mayer is affiliated, concluded that this study “adds important empirical evidence to support what is now a growing consensus. Metadata surveillance endangers privacy.” Read more » about Volunteers in metadata study called gun stores, strip clubs, and more
""Were we really expected to believe that all these provisions allow the government to collect in bulk the telephone records — as well as Internet records, credit card records and more — of everyone in America?" Granick and Sprigman asked, adding," Read more » about Former Bush Officials Knock RNC Call to End NSA Surveillance
Jennifer Granick, CIS Director of Civil Liberties will be a speaker at World Affairs 2014.
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WorldAffairs offers fresh insights and new perspectives on current global topics. This year's program will spotlight the critical issues and countries poised to impact our world and affect our decision making. Read more » about World Affairs 2014
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Come out to rally for your privacy and learn about surveillance from a distinguished group of speakers this Sunday afternoon at Embarcadero Plaza! Read more » about Rally for Privacy Awareness - "1984" on 8/4 - Restore the Fourth SF
"State of Surveillance" examines new technologies police departments are using to fight crime and the civil liberties concerns raised by these tools.
Law enforcement agencies say that many of the technologies make it easier to solve and, in some cases, even prevent crime. But privacy advocates warn that expanded databases could become dragnets that are increasingly populated with information about law-abiding citizens. Read more » about State of Surveillance: Police, Privacy and Technology
The following is audio of the conference last week in Austin hosted by the Intelligence Studies Project, a joint venture of the Strauss Center and Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The conference was entitled, “The National Security Agency at the Crossroads.” Read more » about The Content Collection Controversy
The Internet makes lives better, around the world, in ways people couldn't have imagined not even a decade ago. It sparks prosperity, inspires dissent, improves education, and encourages freedom. But all of the good it does is under threat, largely from governments. David Drummond will discuss where those threats are coming from, and the critical importance for us all that we overcome them. Drummond joined Google in 2002, initially as vice president of corporate development. Read more » about The Fight for Internet Freedom - A Talk with David Drummond
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Moderator: Jennifer Granick - Stanford CIS Director of Civil Liberties Read more » about Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Post-Snowden Era