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News and past events

What to do about HPSCI?

Congressional oversight of intelligence agencies is broken, and the ongoing debate over HPSCI's memos proves that changes are necessary. At this briefing we heard from bipartisan experts on what must be done to fix intelligence oversight, including how HPSCI should be reformed and what information the public and members of Congress need to ensure the process is functioning well. The panel took place on Friday, February 9 at 3 p.m. in Rayburn 2456.

PANELISTS INCLUDED:

  • Patrick Eddington, policy analyst in homeland security and civil liberties at the Cato Institute

  • Daniel Schuman, policy director at Demand Progress Education Fund

  • Mandy Smithberger, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Project On Government Oversight

The Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee and Demand Progress Education Fund have joined partners from across the political spectrum in calling for critical reforms to intelligence oversight, in particular within the House. These common-sense reforms would help resolve the many concerns that have come to light in recent days. Read more about what needs to change.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Rayburn 2456

The Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee hosts these panels to bring experts to DC and in the interest of presenting Congressional staff with informative discussion.

Pierce Stanley
Section 702 Under Review: How Can Congress Address Warrantless Surveillance? (Panel 2)

Congressional offices leading efforts to reauthorize and reform Section 702 of the FISA Amendment Act of 2008 re-convened at a second, staff-only panel discussion hosted by the Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union. It took place Monday Jan. 8, 2018 at noon in Rayburn 2456.

Section 702 is the authority under which the government acquires hundreds of millions of communications annually, including the incidental collection of Americans' communications without a warrant. A vote to reauthorize Section 702 occurred a week after this panel.

PANELISTS INCLUDED:

  • Nima Binara, Counsel for Sen. Leahy, co-sponsor the Senate version of the USA Liberty Act
  • ZJ Hull, Legislative Counsel for Rep. Lofgren, co-sponsor of the USA Rights Act
  • Neema Guliani,  ACLU Legislative Counsel
  • Moderator Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior fellow at the Open Technology Institute and former executive director of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
  • Additional panelists were invited

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at noon
WHERE: Rayburn HOB 2456, Washington, DC

Pierce Stanley
Section 702 Under Review: How Can Congress Address Warrantless Surveillance? (Panel 1)

Congressional offices leading efforts to reauthorize and reform Section 702 of the FISA Amendment Act of 2008 joined a staff-only panel discussion hosted by the Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Section 702 is the controversial authority under which the government acquires hundreds of millions of communications annually. It expired at the end of 2017 and was re-authorized by Congress at the beginning of 2018.

PANELISTS INCLUDED:

  • Nima Binara, Counsel for Sen. Leahy, co-author the Senate version of the USA Liberty Act
  • Patrick Day, Counsel for Sen. Feinstein, who offered an amendment at a SCCI markup to close the backdoor search loophole
  • Liza Goitein, Co-director Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice
  • Aaron Hiller, Chief Oversight Counsel for Rep. Conyers, co-author of the House version of the USA Liberty Act
  • Christopher Soghoian, Congressional Innovation Fellow for Sen. Wyden, co-author of the USA Rights Act
  • Moderator Neema Guliani,  ACLU Legislative Counsel

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at noon
WHERE: S-115, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

Pierce Stanley
The Color of Surveillance: Disproportionate Impacts of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
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The Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Media Justice, Free Press, and New America's Open Technology Institute co-hosted:

The Color of Surveillance: Disproportionate Impacts of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance

As Congress considered renewal of a powerful government surveillance authority, Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, this panel offered perspectives on the long-standing disproportionate impacts of foreign intelligence surveillance.

Some of the experts and advocates at the center of this discussion joined the Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee for a conversation on how foreign intelligence surveillance intersects with race, class, and policy.

Archived video is available here, courtesy of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

PANELISTS INCLUDED:

  • Alvaro Bedoya, Executive Director, Center on Privacy & Technology, Georgetown Law Center
  • Jake Laperruque, Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project
  • Steven Renderos, Organizing Director, Center for Media Justice
  • Sarah St. Vincent, Researcher, Human Rights Watch
  • Xiaoxing Xi, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics, Temple University, and plaintiff alleging the government unjustly investigated and surveilled him
  • Moderator: Rainey Reitman, Activism Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 28th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Rayburn HOB, Room 2226, Washington, DC

Pierce Stanley
Privacy, Incorporated
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Companies' ability and responsibility to keep people's information private has massive consequences on individuals' privacy rights. As the kinds and volume of data they hold about us continue to grow so does the significance of their role as a steward of the public's information.

The Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee hosted a conversation with some of the companies and organizations at the center of this discussion, including Google, the i2Coalition, Mozilla, and Twilio.

What privacy issues do they see as most in need of Congressional attention? What vulnerabilities pose the greatest risks to the public? Topics covered included cross-border data sharing, encryption, ECPA, and Section 702.

PANELISTS INCLUDED:

  • David Lieber, Senior Privacy Policy Counsel at Google
  • Christian Dawson, Co-Founder and Executive Director at i2Coalition
  • Heather West, Senior Policy Manager at Mozilla
  • Richard Seiersen, Chief Information Security Officer at Twilio
  • Moderator: Austin Carson, Executive Director, TechFreedom

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 19th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Rayburn HOB Room 2226, Washington, DC

Pierce Stanley
Cost of Admission: Your Right to Privacy at the Border and at Ports of Entry

What does it cost to enter the United States? For American citizens and immigrants alike, people are increasingly being asked to leave their right to privacy at home. From biometric scanning to detention, your rights function differently at borders and airports -- and that can change even more based on your race and nationality.
 
The Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee and the Niskanen Center hosted an expert panel discussion exploring the privacy costs of entering the United States. Representatives Farenthold and Polis also made remarks during the event.
 
PANELISTS INCLUDED:

  • Kristie De Peña, counsel, Niskanen Center,
  • Joshua Dratel, founder and president, Law Offices of Joshua L. Dratel, P.C.,
  • Laura Moy, moderator, deputy director of the Center on Privacy & Technology, Georgetown University Law Center,
  • Jumana Musa, senior privacy and national security counsel, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and
  • Paromita Shah, associate director of the National Immigration Project, National Lawyers Guild.

With remarks from Representatives Farenthold and Polis

WHEN: Wednesday, May 3rd at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rayburn HOB Room 2226

Sean Vitka