Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”) has ordered the Government to destroy call detail records collected under its bulk telephony metadata collection program, despite pending litigation challenging the program’s legality. After receiving that order, the...

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On January 27, 2014, the Department of Justice announced that the federal government has approved new reporting methods that electronic communications providers can use to inform subscribers about national security demands.  Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, Google,...

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On November 4, Marc Zwillinger was one of only two non-academic private attorneys invited to participate at the second public hearing of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.  Mr. Zwillinger discussed recommendations for changes...

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On June 30, 2013, the FISA Court of Review, in a rare order, unsealed the now-declassified fact that Yahoo! was the provider who challenged the constitutionality of the Directives issued under the Protect America Act, the...

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FISA & FAA – A Concise Briefing

June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Much of the nation has been gripped by disclosures regarding the NSA’s surveillance activities and a program allegedly called PRISM.  In this webinar, Marc Zwillinger will explain the history and background of FISA and the...

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Yesterday’s story alleging that Internet companies were voluntarily participating in a program to give the NSA access to their systems has morphed overnight into an acknowledgement by the Director of National Intelligence that the activities...

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As I blog the latest developments in the surveillance world, I admit to being a little bit shocked at yesterday’s leaked revelations.   In short, the FISA court issued an order compelling Verizon Business Services to turn...

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DAY 1, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (5/22) Cybersecurity Policy Update.  The Wednesday afternoon session at the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute began with a policy update led by Stewart Baker.  He led off with the statement that the...

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Senate Committee Passes ECPA Reform Bill

April 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Senate Committee Passes ECPA Reform Bill Today marks an important victory for ECPA reform supporters. This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the Leahy-Lee ECPA reform bill, which will update ECPA to now...

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In a 5-4 decision handed down today (Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l  USA, No. 11-1025, U.S. S.Ct. February 26, 2013), the Supreme Court ruled that lawyers, human rights and media organizations concerned their communications with their...

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