Stewart Baker is a partner in the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. His law practice covers cybersecurity, data protection, homeland security and travel and foreign investment regulation. From 2005 to 2009, he was the first assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security. While at DHS, he led successful negotiations with European and Middle Eastern governments over travel data, privacy, visa waivers and related issues. Baker has been general counsel of the National Security Agency and general counsel of the commission that investigated WMD intelligence failures prior to the Iraq war. He is author of Skating on Stilts, a book on terrorism, cybersecurity and other technology issues and host of the Steptoe Cyberlaw podcast.
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Collecting data isnt the same as actually looking at it.
On June 5, the <em>Guardian</em> released what appears to be a highly classified order issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA Court, to collect Verizon customers' phone records of calls made to or by Americans Does this mean the end of privacy, law, and the Constitution?
Baker, former general counsel to the NSA, says that American citizens should be relieved by how closely the agency is tracking potential threats in order to maintain security.
There no doubt theres a privacy concern when so much information is available, but Bakers worry is not government misuse, but the fact that information is so widely available that anyone can misuse it.
Read a free online version of this book, made available under a Creative Commons license.
Bakers blog on technology, privacy and national security issues.
The decision to outlaw domestic collection and storage of data undercuts our intelligence agencies ability to use the best technology to protect the nation. It substitutes wishful thinking and faux outrage for the hard work of devising privacy protections that will work in the twenty-first century.
Bakers two-part blog post on <em>Smith v. Maryland</em>, the third-party doctrine, and changing expectations of privacy. Read .