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William Barr Despises Your Power to Keep Him from Snooping on You

Attorney General Bill Barr gave a speech yesterday at Fordham that revived the encryption debate in the U.S. after a relatively quiet period. Since the departure of Rod Rosenstein, we hadn’t had a federal law enforcement official out there regularly giving speeches condemning encryption (though FBI Director Chris Wray threw his hat in here and there). Read more about William Barr Despises Your Power to Keep Him from Snooping on You

Bringing the Fight for Court Transparency to the Ninth Circuit

You may recall that in February, a federal district court in Fresno denied a petition I filed with the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Northern California, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to attempt to shed light on the Department of Justice's attempt to force Facebook to break the encryption on its Messenger app for encrypted voice calls so that Facebook could carry out a wiretap order the DOJ had obtained. Read more about Bringing the Fight for Court Transparency to the Ninth Circuit

Court Recommends Denying the Public Access to Its Sealed Surveillance Docket

In September 2016, my colleague Jennifer Granick (now at the ACLU) and I filed a petition in the federal district court for the Northern District of California that sought to unseal years' worth of sealed surveillance matters filed in that court. It is well-established that the public and the press have First Amendment and common-law rights to access court records. Read more about Court Recommends Denying the Public Access to Its Sealed Surveillance Docket

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