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We All Go Down Together: NSA Programs Overseas Violate Americans’ Privacy, Yet Escape FISC, Congressional Oversight

Cross-posted from Just Security.

Ongoing revelations show that significant NSA surveillance activities take place outside of either Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) or congressional oversight, even though these policies directly impact Americans’ privacy. These activities should, at the very least, be subject to congressional review, since American interests are being adversely impacted by them.

The Impact of Automation on Environmental Impact Statements

Cross-posted from Volokh Conspiracy.

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.

Reforming FISA: A Critical Look at the Wyden/Udall Proposal and Foreign Surveillance

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.

Exciting Time for Privacy in Canada

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.

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