Dear Senator Frist: I write on behalf of the member colleges and universities of the American Council on Education and the Association of American Universities to urge you to vote against adoption of the Conference Report on H.R. 3199, the Patriot Act reauthorization bill.
On October 26, 2001, President Bush signed the USA Patriot Act (“Act”), which expands law enforcement powers in ways that are likely to affect university network operators. Universities providing Internet access, data storage and retrieval, web hosting, virtual private networks and intranets face new obligations under the Act. All types of Internet service providers (“ISPs”), including universities, may be served with greater numbers of court orders, subpoenas and warrants in coming months. To meet the challenges of the new law, universities should: (1) review privacy, confidentiality and security policies to ensure that they reflect the new legal obligations; (2) establish procedures to respond to warrants, subpoenas or court orders while remaining within the scope of liability protections afforded by the Act; and (3) review their systems to identify ways in which surveillance can be accommodated without degrading network performance.
Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP 1 THE SEARCH & SEIZURE OF ELECTRONIC INFORMATION: THE LAW BEFORE AND AFTER THE USA PATRIOT ACT1 * Changes made by the USA PATRIOT Act appear in bold. How Can Government Authorities Compel Disclosure? Can An Organization Make A Voluntary Disclosure To Government Authorities? TYPE OF INFORMATION
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