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Crimcast is a virtual resource devoted to critical conversations about criminology and criminal justice issues. Our blogposts, twitter feeds, podcasts and other content provide an overview of trends, research, commentary and events of interest to criminal justice practitioners, academics and the general public. CrimCast is sponsored by The Center for Crime and Popular Culture, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.

Crystallizing the Key Legal Issues Raised by the NSA Metadata Surveillance Program

Nickie Phillips

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The revelations about the NSA spying on metadata--which then spiraled into U.K. and French revelations of similarly unsettling secret programs-- has created a lot of media noise and drummed up considerable anxiety.   However, straight talk about its Constitutionality or lack thereof, and the many other legal implications, gets lost.  How does the government's collection of metadata fit into the ever-evolving privacy laws related to Fourth Amendment protections?  How does it relate to the provisions in the Patriot Act?  Dr. Adina Schwartz's recent post on the website of the Center for Cybercrime Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, provides a clear encapsulation of the key issues at stake and their ramifications. Read her expert analysis here.