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June 28, 2013 - CISAC In the News

CISAC affiliate Jennifer Granick argues that recent NSA spying is criminal

Jennifer Granick, a CISAC affiliate and director of civil liberties at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and University of Virginia law professor Christopher Jon Sprigman, argue in two editorials that NSA surveillance is criminal and bad for democracy.

In The New York Times OpEd, the two posit that the twin revelations that telecom carries have been secretly giving the National Security Agency information about Americans' phone calls and that the NSA has been capturing emails and private communications from Internet companies violate both the letter and the spirit of federal law.

In The Atlantic piece they state: "Unfettered U.S. spying on foreigners will cause serious collateral damage to America's technology companies, to our Internet-fueled economy, and to human rights and democracy the world over. Rampant surveillance harms both privacy and our long-term national security."