Newfound consumer privacy focus could transform debate over expiring US surveillance authorities

Last month, partner and co-lead of Eversheds Sutherland’s global cybersecurity and data privacy practice, Michael Bahar, was invited to testify before the US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent federal agency tasked with ensuring that efforts to protect the nation from terrorism also appropriately safeguard privacy and civil liberties. The panel was focused on the expiring provisions of the USA FREEDOM Act, which reformed a provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act related to the Government’s collection of telephone metadata (or “call detail records”).

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