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Electronic Surveillance and Privacy in the United States after September 11, 2001: The USA-PATRIOT Act

Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 214-270, 2002

57 Pages Posted: 17 May 2005  

Mary Wai San Wong

University of New Hampshire School of Law

Abstract

Electronic surveillance by the US Government and the corresponding implications for privacy protection have come under increased public scrutiny after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The USA PATRIOT Act, passed in response to the attacks and containing sweeping changes in this area, has alarmed many civil rights groups. This article examines the nature of those changes in light of increased concerns over national security, and attempts to articulate the arguments advanced by both the US Government and privacy advocates with respect to the need and appropriateness of the legal response to the growing threat of terrorism.

Keywords: electronic surveillance, privacy, PATRIOT Act, terrorism

Suggested Citation

Wong, Mary Wai San, Electronic Surveillance and Privacy in the United States after September 11, 2001: The USA-PATRIOT Act. Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 214-270, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=721923

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