November 10 Tuesday

ISP Law & Technology Speaker Series: Cindy Cohn

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12:00PM - 1:30PM
  • Yale Law School - Room 122
  • Open To The Public
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The Fourth Amendment and the NSA’s Access to the Internet Backbone

ABSTRACT: One of the bombshell revelations from the Snowden files has been confirmation of the NSA’s access to the Internet backbone. What we know is that, with the assistance of telecommunications providers like AT&T, the government set up processes  to make copies of everything that passes by key Internet junctures for further review and analysis. It then searches the full text content of much of that traffic. This mass surveillance infrastructure was first revealed by AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein in 2006, but has been largely confirmed, through publicly-released Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Opinions, a Privacy and Civil Liberties Board report..  The level of detail was also greatly expanded by a New York Times/Pro Publica front page story on August 15, 2015. This  mass surveillance infrastructure appears designed to ensure that the US government will always have the option to access anything we do or say over the Internet. Actual privacy of our communications is lost; replaced with, at most, a hope that our communications would never be flagged by secret government filters.

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