“Electronic Surveillance: What Reporters Should Know About the Law." Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2017. 

Jennifer R. Henrichsen and Hannah Bloch-Wehba

The practice of journalism has never been more global than it is today. Reporters use Skype, Google Hangout, and other video chat services to communicate with sources halfway around the world. Newsrooms rely on cloud storage to share documents among far-flung teams working on global stories. Individuals and organizations increasingly turn to cutting-edge technologies to break important news. At the same time, new applications and services can pose risks to the security and integrity of communications. Journalists and news media organizations have increasingly been the targets of hacking. Edward Snowden’s revelations brought to the fore the broad reach of U.S. surveillance programs both domestically and abroad. And while the Department of Justice has strengthened its internal guidelines governing the use of legal process to obtain information from, or records of, the news media, some details about the implementation of those reforms remain unclear, despite the urging of press advocates.

Published in 2017