Welcome to Insider Surveillance — arguably one of the world’s most exclusive organizations. Not for the usual reasons “clubs” and other groups set themselves apart. Rather because of you, our members: the enterprises, government agencies and individuals dedicated to the cause of protecting national security against terrorism, crime and other threats that pose a risk to the public good.
By that definition, the term “exclusive” by no means equates to “small.” The breadth of entities committed to these causes spans a wide array of professionals and organizations at the local, national and international level.
Those that stand to benefit from membership in Insider Surveillance may include:
- Companies that develop and provide lawful intercept (LI), data management, analytics and other surveillance technology solutions.
- Communications Service Providers — wireline, wireless, Internet, cloud-based and hosted — required to provide technical assistance to law enforcement and intelligence agencies under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA) in the United States, and under similar laws in other democratic nations.
- Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies (LEAs) that act under court order, subpoena, or in exigent circumstances to obtain evidence via electronic surveillance to monitor, apprehend and prosecute dangerous elements.
- Corporate and private legal professionals who know the parameters of federal and state surveillance laws, and review the accuracy of court orders to ensure prompt support of law enforcement, while at the same time acting to protect the privacy of subscribers of communications services — including the privacy of those under investigation.
- Technical engineers who deploy, test and certify surveillance solutions, as well as the private networks used to relay surveillance data to LEAs, then implement the solutions on command, and decommission defined LIs upon expiration of the specified duration of the LI.
- Homeland Security and Public Safety organizations and agencies that coordinate with LEAs on lawful intercept.
- Select federal elected officials and staff charged with creating and updating laws that set the balance between privacy safeguards set forth the the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and diverse state and local court jurisdictions — and the need to protect national security and the public.
- Policymakers that set rules for executing national policy.
- Organizations and qualified experts who set current and future technical standards for surveillance solutions across the full range of communications services.
- Military intelligence.
- National intelligence agencies.
- National police organizations and associations that educate and train law enforcement officers and technical personnel in the use of surveillance technologies.