earlier blog post, I described the policy dilemmas and political infighting surrounding the ongoing issue of encryption and the likelihood that these challenges will continue to receive a good deal of attention during 2017. In this post, I will look into the equally daunting policy challenges surrounding US surveillance policy and the reality that Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) will expire at the end of 2017, unless the Trump administration and Congress act.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM), where sensitive and detailed personnel information on 21.5 million people was subsequently compromised. This example is so gripping because of the intuitive awareness we all have that such records may contain information we would not like released — Social Security numbers, birth dates, disciplinary actions, and perhaps even health information. Chilling indeed. But consider now that similar information (Social Security records, addresses, and disciplinary action) about your children is in the hands of someone without your consent, not by computer hack, but by court order.
wrote a TechPolicyDaily.com piece about the largely unheralded passage of the Investigatory Powers Law by the British Parliament, which superseded an earlier, similar law, the Data Protection and Investigatory Act of 2014 that was about to expire. On December 1, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), Europe’s highest court, effectively invalidated a central provision of both laws — the data retention mandates. The court ruled that the “general and indiscriminate” data retention sections of the laws violate the European Union’s privacy directives, as well as the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.