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Since the 1950s, the Long Beach Freeway has linked the massive Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to, roughly, the rest of the continental United States. Because much has changed in trade and traffic since then, California’s relevant transportation authorities have decided that perhaps this freeway should change as well. Read more » about The Impact of Automation on Environmental Impact Statements
In my latest blog post at Just Security, I discuss a new bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Senators Wyden and Udall, two of the most vocal critics of the NSA, as well as Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). The Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act's language is not available yet, but a two-page fact sheet explains its provisions. Read more » about Reforming FISA: A Critical Look at the Wyden/Udall Proposal and Foreign Surveillance
It’s back to school on university campuses across North America, and in the Canadian Parliament it will soon too be time to start anew. The Prime Minister of Canada has set October 16th as the start date for the next Parliamentary session, and it promises to be an eventful one for privacy. Among the many issues to keep track of, three stand out as particularly noteworthy: (1) privacy law reform; (2) state surveillance; and (3) the appointment of a new Canadian Privacy Commissioner. I address each of these briefly in turn. Read more » about Exciting Time for Privacy in Canada
According to NPR, 300 plus teenagers broke into former NFL player Brian Holloway’s vacation home, causing massive damage and showcasing their exploits on social media. In response, Holloway created a website,helpmesave300.com, that collects the alleged culprits’ social media posts. He claims this repository has enabled teens to be identified, and that the growing list of names is “being turned over to the sheriffs (sic) department to assist them to verify and identify the facts.” Read more » about What's The Right Balance For Protecting Privacy And Promoting Accountability On The Internet?
Round Two of my debate with Orin Kerr about whether the bulk collection of phone call records is regulated by the Fourth Amendment is now published on the Just Security blog. In this round, I argue that normative considerations, including those associated with bulk data collection, are explicitly part of existing Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. The 1979 case of Smith v. Read more » about Debate (Round 2): Metadata and the Fourth Amendment
A new online platform launches today called Just Security, a forum on law, rights, and U.S. national security. Just Security aims to promote principled and pragmatic solutions to the problems decision-makers face in U.S. national security law and practice. The legal analysis and policy prescriptions proposed by Just Security will provide balanced and broad perspectives currently missing in the national security dialogue. Read more » about Just Security Blog Launch
A recent UK case shows how court orders mandating ISPs to block access to IP numbers hosting allegedly infringing websites can go wrong. Read more » about UK High Court Orders ISPs to Block IP Address, Erroneously Takes Down Hundreds of Sites