Beyond Privacy & Security: The Role of the Telecommunications Industry in Electronic Surveillance

Privacy & Security

From the perspective of private industry, Mieke Eoyang examines the interplay between US national security electronic surveillance and the US telecommunications companies that are necessary intermediaries for this surveillance, tracing the history of major surveillance programs and identifying key areas of tension. Eoyang recommends reforms including a court process for government access to overseas data on foreign customers, leaving bulk, unfiltered data in the hands of private industry, and working with close allies to build consensus around electronic surveillance norms.

By Mieke Eoyang

Then-Vice President for the Third Way National Security Program and Chairperson of the Cyber Enforcement Initiative. This article was completed before her return to government service, and represents her personal views, and not those of the US government, the Department of Defense, or President Biden.

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