Yes, Section 215 Expired. Now What?

April 17, 2020 Syndicated 0

On March 15, 2020, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act—a surveillance law with a rich history of government overreach and abuse—expired. Along with two other PATRIOT Act provisions, Section 215 lapsed after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a broader set of reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The Challenge of Proximity Apps For COVID-19 Contact Tracing

April 12, 2020 Syndicated 0

As part of the nearly unprecedented societal response to COVID-19, such contact tracing apps raise difficult questions about privacy, efficacy, and responsible engineering of technology to advance public health. Above all, we should not trust any application—no matter how well-designed—to solve this crisis or answer all of these questions.