The USA Freedom Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on June 2, 2015. Much is certain about this law, for example, after six months the phone companies, not NSA will hold the bulk phone records but not the content. A new kind of court order will permit the government to analyze them. But for those familiar with the process of phone companies providing call record access to local, state and federal law enforcement today, many questions raised are not addressed in the USA Freedom Act. TeleStrategies is holding a webinar on July 16, 2015 with data retention experts that will address likely solutions and new policies guidelines for the law to be implemented in six months (or by December 2, 2015). Kelley Drye is excited that Steve Augustino will be joining this important conversation.
Among the topics to be explored are:
- What about phone record retention: do all telecoms regarding size have to retain phone records for government access, for how long and what about the “Over The Top” phone service companies such as Skype, Google’s Project F1 and many others not under current mandates?
- What is meant by “swift access” by telephone companies to government request for phone records: is it to be in seconds, minutes, days or what?
- What about local and state law enforcement: will they be providing the same timely access arrangement as the NSA will have?
- What exactly is the role of the NSA and What about the role of the DHS, DoJ, DNI, FCC and other government departments regarding the USA Freedom Act?
- What will the NSA likely do with phone records already collected?
- Will the phone companies and/or their vendors be compensated as with CALEA implementation (e.g. $500M)?
- What is the likely hood Congress will revisit the Act anytime soon to address outstanding issues or if not, how will outstanding issues such as listed above be resolved?
The moderator will be Dr. Jerry Lucas, President, TeleSTrategies; panelists include: Tony Rutkowski, Senior VP Regulatory, Yaana Technologies; Joel Margolis, General Counsel and Executive VP, Government Affairs, Subsentio; Adam Bowser, Partner, Arent Fox; Steve Augustino, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.