Report on the Lecture by Christopher Soghoian at CIS on the ‘Role of US Tech Companies in Governmental Surveillance’
(August 27, 2012)
The Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore hosted a lecture by renowned privacy researcher and activist, Dr. Christopher Soghoian who is currently engaged with the American Civil Liberties Union as a Senior Policy Analyst. An expert on the intersection of technology, law and policy, Dr. Soghoian’s lecture on the‘Role of US Tech Companies in Governmental Surveillance’ was an enlightening experience for over 30 students of the National Law School of India, Bangalore who were attended the event co-ordinated by the Indian Journal of Law and Technology.
The lecture proceeded to examine telecom and ISP services in the United States and Soghoian proceeded to cite facts and figures about how the number of requests for tapping of phones increased substantially for ‘miscellaneous matters’ as compared to tapping requests for drug-trafficking related offences. He again analysed the position of each carrier on these matters and presented startling evidence of how executives of a major carrier were boasting how they had helped law-enforcement agencies by handing over their customers’ GPS coordinates, over eight million times. He also cited India’s example and spoke of how wire-tapping orders are freely ordered and expressed concern over the lack of any oversight on these operations.
Dr. Soghoian’s lecture came to a close with him opening up the floor and answering a variety of questions with Ms. Malavika Jayaram, a CIS Fellow herself, ranging from striking a balance between privacy and security concerns to the lack of legislative awareness and judicial oversight on such issues. The lecture was an inspiring event for all who attended and everyone took back tips on protecting their rights and freedoms online.
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