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Here’s how the Facebook case has just transformed the surveillance debate

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 6, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The European Court of Justice, Europe’s highest court, has just shot down the Safe Harbor, an arrangement between the European Union and the United States allowing for the transfer of personal data, in a case against Facebook. This has the potential to transform arguments between the E.U. and United States over privacy and surveillance. The decision is complex, and lawyers will be arguing over its more subtle implications for years.

This privacy activist has just won an enormous victory against U.S. surveillance. Here’s how.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 6, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The European Court of Justice, Europe’s highest court, has just ruled that the Safe Harbor, an arrangement between the European Union and the United States allowing for the transfer of personal data, is legally invalid. Few non-specialists have heard of the Safe Harbor. Even so, this ruling is going to send shock waves through both Europe and the United States. Here’s how it happened (we talk about the implications in a separate post).

What you need to know about the cyberspying deal with China

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 1, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, the United States and China came to an agreement on cyberspying. What are its consequences likely to be?

The agreement addresses a big U.S. concern.

Facebook is at the center of a huge privacy controversy. For once, it isn’t Facebook’s fault.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
September 25, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice, the European Union’s closest equivalent to the U.S. Supreme Court, has just made a key finding in a court case involving Facebook. If the court follows his recommendation – which it does 80 percent of the time – either the U.S. will have to change its laws on surveillance or companies like Facebook and Google will find their European business models undermined.

This time, it’s not Facebook’s fault

Why are working class kids less likely to get elite jobs? They study too hard at college.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
September 23, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Lauren Rivera is an associate professor of management and organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of management. Her recent book, “Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs,” examines how inequality is produced by subtle social patterns of education and informal skills as well as big political and economic forces. I asked her four questions about the book.

Has White House finally got the message about strong encryption? Welcome shift seen in speeches and policy memo

Author(s): 
Geoffrey King
Publication Date: 
September 22, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Yesterday, during a panel on encryption policy hosted by Just Security, an online forum covering national security law and policy, top U.S. intelligence lawyer Robert S. Litt pressed the case for engineering backdoors in encryption without undermining computer security as a whole. As CPJ has documented, leading security and policy experts consider this impossible.

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