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Stewart Baker

Stewart Baker

Attorney & Fmr. Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security

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.

More About Stewart Baker

Collecting data isn’t the same as actually looking at it.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

On June 5, the Guardian 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?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

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.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

There’ no doubt there’s a privacy concern when so much information is available, but Baker’s worry is not government misuse, but the fact that information is so widely available that anyone can misuse it.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Read a free online version of this book, made available under a Creative Commons license.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Baker’s blog on technology, privacy and national security issues.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

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.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Baker’s two-part blog post on Smith v. Maryland, the third-party doctrine, and changing expectations of privacy. Read .

Sunday, May 4, 2014

At a Senate hearing, FBI director James Comey said the privacy technology can be a double-edged sword, detrimental to public safety. Gwen Ifill speaks to former Homeland Security Department official Stewart Baker and Susan Landau of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

So if Apple wants to sell its iPhone everywhere, it will have to compromise. But then what? Will it really give China's authoritarian regime more access to iPhone data than it gives to American police trying to stop crimes in this country?

Monday, January 12, 2015

As it was becoming clear that section 215 would expire, we spoke with Baker about his views on America’s current state of digital security. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Here in the form of an open letter are some of the questions I’d ask Tim Cook if I had him under oath.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Would greater government access to messages sent through secure communication technology help intelligence agencies fight terrorism? Judy Woodruff gets views from Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, and Kate Martin of the Center for American Progress.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It turns out Apple is happy to create a back door for its phones if that expands its market. Who would have guessed?

Saturday, February 20, 2016