Tuesday, March 21, 2006

 

Legal FAQs on NSA Wiretaps

In response to the controversy about NSA wiretaps, I drafted "Legal FAQs on NSA wiretaps." It was published on January 30, 2006 by the Center for American Progress, where I am a visiting Senior Fellow.

At this time I don't know if I will update the document. It gives a plain-language discussion, however, of the legal issues involved.

My work here is based on my scholarship on the history of foreign intelligence surveillance law, as well as my extensive work on surveillance law while in government from 1999 to early 2001.

 

Immutable Audit Logs -- Markle Foundation Paper

Jeff Jonas and I were the primary drafters for "Creating a Trusted Information Sharing Environment: Using Immutable Audit Logs to Increase Security, Accountability, and Transparency."

This paper was released by the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age.

The paper shows how "immutable audits," where even systems administrators cannot change the logs, can be useful for national security and other systems where there is a high need for public trust but where the details of the system are classified.

 

Op-ed about Cookies on Federal Web Sites

This column ran in Federal Computer Week on January 23, 2006: "Making privacy a priority: Citizens should be able to browse federal sites without creating a permanent record."

I participated in the 1999 and 2000 policies to assure privacy on Federal websites. The new column explains why it is important for the government to continue to follow those standards. The column describes recent evidence of non-compliance in federal agencies.

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