Departmental Papers (CIS)

Date of this Version

January 2008

Document Type

Journal Article


Copyright 2008 IEEE. Reprinted from IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2008, pages 24-33.

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A new US law allows warrantless wiretapping whenever one end of the communication is believed to be outside national borders. This creates serious security risks: danger of exploitation of the system by unauthorized users, danger of criminal misuse by trusted insiders, and danger of misuse by government agents.


protect America act, US wiretap law, civil liberties, surveillance, wiretapping



Date Posted: 20 March 2008

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