At the culmination of his first year in office, President Trump signed into law the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, which extends the much-debated authorities set forth in FISA Section 702 for another six years. Section 702 allows for the warrantless collection of emails, phone records, and other communications of foreigners located outside the United States—including their communications with U.S. citizens and others within the United States. Although the 2017 Reauthorization Act circumscribes and clarifies the scope of the government’s Section 702 authority somewhat, it excludes nearly all of the broader reforms proposed by privacy advocates. This webinar will provide an overview of the Section 702 reauthorization and unpack the constitutional concerns surrounding the government’s warrantless foreign surveillance authority.
Alex Abdo, Alan Butler
Privacy and Information Protection