Without any public debate or explicit congressional authorization, US law enforcement agencies are now in the hacking business. Federal law enforcement agencies have acquired sophisticated tools which they can, and regularly do use to hack into the computers of targets, remotely enabling webcams, turning on microphones, and downloading documents and other files from the infected computers. Less sophisticated, off-the-shelf hacking and surveillance tools will inevitably be purchased by local and state law enforcement agencies, if they don’t already have them.
The serious legal, policy and technology issues associated with use of such hacking tools is the focus of this two-panel conference at Yale Law School; Levinson Auditorium.
Moderator: Jennifer Valentino-Devries, The Wall Street Journal
Panel 1: The Hacking Technologies Used by Law Enforcement
Christopher Soghoian, Principal Technologist, ACLU
Related: Backdoors, Government Hacking, and the Next Crypto Wars – Christopher Soghoian @ 30c3
Matt Blaze, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Axel Arnbak, Researcher, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam
Related: 9 Problems of Government Hacking: Why IT-Systems Deserve Constitutional Protection
Panel 2: The Legal and Policy Implications of Hacking by Law Enforcement
Professor Laura Donahue, Georgetown University Law Center
Ahmed Ghappour, Clinical Instructor, The National Security Clinic, UT Law School
Stephanie Pell, Principal, SKP Strategies LLC
Justin Rood, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs