You’ve begged for it in the remarks, so right here, it’s miles. With Stewart Baker off the grid at the lowest of the Grand Canyon, literally, David Kris, Maury Shenk, and Brian Egan take cruel benefit to extol the virtues of statistics privacy and the European Union. Maury interviews James Griffiths, a journalist primarily based in Hong Kong and the author of the brand new book, The Great Firewall of China: How to Build and Control an Alternative Version of the Internet.
In the news, David and Brian speak last week’s revelation that the NSA is thinking about whether it’ll maintain to find renewal of Section 215 “call element record” program authority whilst it expires in December. We plug the final week’s Lawfare podcast in which the countrywide safety advisor to House Minority Leader McCarthy made news when he stated that the NSA hadn’t been using this software for several months. David waxes poetic at the little-recognized and little-used “lone wolf” authority, which is also up for renewal this yr.
We discover the long lineup of politicians and government officials who’re coming up with new proposals to “get tough” on huge technology businesses. Leading the charge is Senator Warren, who promises to roll out a plan to interrupt up “platform utilities” – basically, big Internet groups that run their own marketplaces – if she is elected president.
Not to be outdone, the cutting-edge chair of the Federal Trade Commission has urged that Congress offer new government for the FTC to impose civil enforcement penalties on tech (and probably different) agencies that violate their information privacy commitments. And final – but never least – the French finance minister announced that he would advise a 3% tax on the sales of the 30 largest Internet organizations in France, most of which can be US businesses. David discusses how one generation enterprise uses a more familiar tool – litigation – to combat again Chinese corporations for developing after which promoting fake Facebook and Instagram debts.
In the “motherhood and apple pie” class, Maury explains French President Macron’s call to introduce a “European Agency for the Protection of Democracies” to defend elections towards cyber-attacks. And Brian covers a currently re-delivered invoice, the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act, which could impose sanctions on “all entities and individuals responsible or complicit in malicious cyber activities aimed against the USA.” If you’re in London this week, you can see James Griffiths all through his book excursion. On March 13, he can be on the Frontline Club, and on March 14, he may be at Chatham House. You also can see him later this month at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club.