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Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the National Security Agency(NSA) [official website] may temporarily resume its program of systematically collecting Americans' phone data in bulk. The program lapsed on June 1 after the expiration of the USA Patriot Act [text, PDF], but the … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday approves the USA Freedom Act [text], which would end the National Security Agency's (NSA) [official website] mass collection of Americans' phone data. The measure, approved by a vote of 338 to 88, largely extends the USA Patriot Act [text, PDF] … [read more]


Features
7 Apr 2015
by Christopher Dellana

Legal battles have flared up over the issue of net neutrality in the past decade. In the US, the FCC is the independent government agency that oversees communications among the several states and with other countries. The FCC was responsible for the 2002 determination [PDF] that internet modem service, as … [read more]


Features
7 Apr 2015
by Megan Miller

The principle that net neutrality advocates is that all internet providers should not discriminate or charge differently for any sort of data, including platform, user, content or any other category. With open internet, services providers such as Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner and others would not be allowed to charge for … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone data surveillance program. Prior to oral arguments, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Tuesday heard oral arguments about the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] practice of collecting millions of Americans' phone records. The three-judge panel criticized [Reuters report] the spy program, which was revealed more than a year ago. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [JURIST news archive] on Monday signed into law legislation concerning spending for the US intelligence community that increases protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers. The bipartisan legislation authorizes [AP report] $564 million in spending over five years and specifies that employees who divulge information about possible … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday limited [opinion, PDF] shareholders' class action suits for securities fraud. In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the court declined to overturn its 1988 decision in Basic Inc. v. Levinson [text]. Halliburton Co. [corporate website] has faced … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit rejected [ruling, PDF] on Friday challenges to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) [official website] plan to expand broadband Internet service to rural areas. The FCC's plan is a $4.5 billion program which subsidizes high-speed Internet services in high-cost rural areas. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Andrew Perlman of
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Perlman of the Suffolk University Law School argues that government surveillance programs have adversely affected lawyers' efforts to safeguard confidential information and that lawyers should consider various options to address these new risks ... Protecting client confidences used to be so much easier. Lawyers could place … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] announced [text] Wednesday that it will not appeal the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] decision striking down [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] the FCC's rules requiring broadband providers to employ nondiscriminatory practices in the treatment of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of the Lewis & Clark Law School argues that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's report on the NSA's telephone records program is likely best directed toward statutory changes in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act rather than influencing decisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Jan 2014

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses two recent decisions on the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's (NSA) metadata collection program ...Edward Snowden, who worked for the National Security Agency (NSA), revealed a secret order of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), that … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2014
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] rules that required broadband providers to employ nondiscriminatory practices in the treatment of Internet content. In a 63-page opinion, Judge David Tatel explained how … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Khaliah Barnes of the Electronic Privacy Information Center argues that federal agencies' data collection and disclosure activities are marred by a deficiency of meaningful oversight and accountability...In 2013, the world became privy to unparalleled, covert US government digital surveillance. A 2013 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order (PDF) … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) [official website] on Monday declassified [press release] intelligence documents regarding data collection under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [backgrounder] order permitting the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] to … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied [order list, PDF] the petition for certiorari in a case challenging the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [backgrounder] April order [text] requiring Verizon [corporate website] to turn over data to the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] including US telephone … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] An EU Parliament Committee on Tuesday approved broad legislation aimed at providing greater data protection for Internet users in the wake of the revelation of the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] PRISM [JURIST backgrounder] program. If passed, the legislation would empower Internet users to demand [AP report] … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Friday urged [news release] governments around the world to implement stronger laws and policies that protect online privacy in the wake of increasing pervasive electronic surveillance. According to the group, outdated legal frameworks have permitted government surveillance of digital communications that grossly … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] suggested Monday during oral arguments that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] 2011 "Open Internet" rules [FCC backgrounder] may be invalidated in whole or in part. Verizon [corporate website] has filed … [read more]

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