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Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Gen. Michael Hayden

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

Want to see cyber attribution and deterrence in action? In August, a hacker pulled the names of US military personnel and others out of a corporate network and passed them to ISIL. British jihadist Junaid Hussain exulted when ISIL released the names. “They have us on their ‘hit list,’ and we have them on ours… Continue Reading

The Constitutional Future of Section 215

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

Yesterday  I joined the National Constitution Center’s We the People podcast to debate the constitutional future of the Patriot Act’s Section 215 with Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center, Bobby Chesney, Charles I. Francis Professor in Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, and Deborah Pearlstein, associate professor of constitutional and international… Continue Reading

Is Snowden a Spy?

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

That’s the possibility raised by Edward Jay Epstein in a (paywalled) Wall Street Journal op-ed.  Epstein offers some new evidence for his theory.  In particular he says that NSA investigators now know that Snowden’s tactics included breaking into two dozen compartments using forged or stolen passwords.  Once there, Snowden loosed an automated “spider” with instructions… Continue Reading

“I’m shocked—shocked—to find that surveillance is going on in here.”

Posted in Privacy Regulation

It seems we can’t go a day without another bombshell in what we can now call the “Snowden Affair.” Many people are calling Edward Snowden a “whistleblower” for leaking two classified intelligence programs. But that term is usually reserved for someone who reveals government lies, law-breaking, or malfeasance. What Snowden revealed, though, are government activities… Continue Reading

Total Information Awareness, Redux

Posted in Privacy Regulation

There have been many critics of the Obama Administration’s aggressive pursuit of leakers. But today’s news offers a new line of attack on the Administration’s tactics: they’re apparently not working. The UK paper The Guardian was the beneficiary of a huge new leak, this one about a secret court order to a Verizon subsidiary ordering… Continue Reading

FTC’s Online Privacy Campaign Goes into High Gear

Posted in Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

The Federal Trade Commission is really on a roll these days. In the last few weeks alone it has: reached settlements with two companies, Compete, Inc. and Epic Marketplace, Inc., over the FTC’s charges that the two companies deceived consumers by misrepresenting their online data collection practices; released a blistering report criticizing the developers of mobile apps… Continue Reading