dispute in that series concerns the transfer of data from Facebook Ireland to its US parent. For another example, the state of Georgia requires that state data never leave the United States. These policies are increasingly detached from how modern computer systems work. Indeed, the policies give engineers incentives to design systems that deliberately blur or evade questions of where data reside.
blog, I pointed out that the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is by no means certain. Section 702 provides authority for the US government to target foreign individuals to obtain intelligence to defend American security. Specifically, Section 702 allows the attorney general and the director of National Intelligence to direct warrantless surveillance of non-US persons “reasonably believed to be outside US borders.” Conversely, it forbids collecting information from targets inside the US.
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.