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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: A Brief Overview

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

Provides an overview of proposals for reform of the FISC and the legal implications. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: Introducing a Public Advocate

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Homeland Security,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

Examines the proposal that the supersecret FISA court include a public advocate who would represent the civil liberties interests of the general public and challenge the government’s applications for foreign surveillance.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Social Media and Big Data

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain,Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Statistics

Examines the application of “big data” approaches to social media in three key areas: elections and polling, commercial applications, and security.  Also discusses the regulation of social media data and privacy concerns.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January – December 2013

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Privacy,Statistics

Reports on the number and types of consumer complaints received by the online database for 2013.  The network received over 2 million complaints during 2013 with identity theft the leading category with 14% of the complaints.  From the Federal Trade Commission


Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services: Requirements and Best Practices

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Privacy

New policy guidance for educators on how to protect student privacy, especially when interacting with online educational services.  From the Privacy Technical Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Education


Report on the Telephone Records Program Conducted Under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and on the Operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence


Reviews the history and operation of the National Security Agency’s telephone records program, statutory and constitutional issues raised by the program, intelligence benefits and civil liberties harms, and then offers recommendations for needed reforms, including an end to the Section 215 Bulk Records Collection program.   From the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board


Remarks by the President on Review of Signals Intelligence

Text of President Obama’s speech on intelligence gathering by the National Security Agency and related matters.   From the White House


Fact Sheet: Review of U.S. Signals Intelligence

Describes the review process, summarizes the president’s speech, and discusses how the results of the review will affect intelligence gathering, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the PATRIOT Act, the use of national security letters, privacy considerations, and relations with other nations.  From the White House


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