May 15, 2013 · 6:45 PM
Since 1986, the FBI has issued hundreds of thousands of “national security letters” to obtain private communication and banking customer data without court oversight, and has prevented anyone from speaking about it. This has only accelerated after changes made to the USA Patriot Act. Partially due to the fact that the NSL process is so secretive, only 3 known legal challenges have been brought to attention since the FBI gained this power over 25 years ago.
Join Huge and Matt Zimmerman, Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and lead council in the recent federal lawsuit, as he discusses the case, the history of NSLs and the future of this controversial practice.
About Matt Zimmerman
Matt Zimmerman is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an impact litigation law firm and advocacy organization that focuses on the intersection of civil liberties and emerging technologies. Matt's practice centers on civil liberties, free speech and privacy law, and he is particularly interested in how anonymity, free expression and online activism are affected by Internet intermediaries. Matt's clients range from bloggers to telecommunications companies, and he has played an active role in EFF's own activism advocating for greater legal protections for fundamental rights both here and abroad.