Law Enforcement and Hacking

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 1:00pm
Yale Law School See map
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06520
Event description: 

When the Cops Control Your Webcam: A law and technology conference focused on law enforcement hacking and the use of malware

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 will be the focus of a two-panel conference, February 18th, 1:00 pm at Yale Law School; Levinson Auditorium.  The event is sponsored by Thomson Reuters and will be live streamed. Please click on the corresponding panel name to see the video of each panel.

Panel 1: The hacking technologies used by law enforcement

Jennifer Valentino-Devries, The Wall Street Journal (moderator)

Christopher Soghoian, Principal Technologist, ACLU

Morgan Marquis-Boire, Citizen Lab

Ashkan Soltani, Independent Consultant

Matt Blaze, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Axel Arnbak, Researcher, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam

Panel 2: The legal and policy implications of hacking by law enforcement

Jennifer Valentino-Devries, The Wall Street Journal (moderator)

Magistrate Judge Steve Smith

Professor. Laura Donahue, Georgetown University Law Center

Stephanie Pell, Principal, SKP Strategies LLC

Justin Rood, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Ahmed Ghappour, Clinical Instructor, The National Security Clinic, UT Law School


Thomson Reuters Initiative on Law and Technology
Thomson Reuters ISP Speaker Series