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Summer 2021 Silha Bulletin

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Cover Story: U.S. Department of Justice Limits Seizure of Journalists’ Records and Information
On July 19, 2021, several media outlets reported that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has formally prohibited the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from seizing journalists’ phone and email records in connection with government leak investigations.

Access: Chauvin Trial Marks Key Moment in Minnesota Media Access to Court Proceedings During Pandemic
On Nov. 4, 2020, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill issued an order allowing limited audio and video recording, broadcasting, and live streaming of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Ethics: Associated Press, ProPublica, and Well-Known Journalists Raise Ethical Questions and Considerations
In the spring and early summer of 2021, questions were raised about the ethics of several news reports and decisions by journalists and news organizations. 

Special Report: U.S. Supreme Court Rulings and Opinions Raise Numerous Freedom of Speech and Press, Privacy Issues and Questions
In 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued several important opinions implicating freedom of speech and press, as well as data privacy and security.

Special Report: European and U.S. Entities Interpret EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, GDPR, and Other Data Privacy Rules and Regulations
In the spring and summer of 2021, actions by courts and authorities in the European Union (EU) raised significant data privacy implications, including for personal data transfers between the EU and United States.

Searches and Seizures: First Circuit Rejects First and Fourth Amendment Challenges to Border Searches and Seizures of Travelers’ Electronic Devices
On Feb. 9, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that the First and Fourth Amendments do not require that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have probable cause to conduct searches on electronic devices, including “advanced searches,” nor reasonable suspicion to conduct a “basic” search.

Data Privacy: Federal Judge Allows Privacy Lawsuit Against Thomson Reuters to Continue
On Aug. 16, 2021, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California allowed a class action privacy suit against Thomson Reuters Corporation (Thomson Reuters) to continue.

Silha Center Events: 36th Annual Silha Lecture: “The First Amendment & Diversity: A Marketplace Failure?”
Billions of people use social media platforms and have access to a 5000-plus-channel streaming and broadcasting universe, yet citizens are less informed than ever before.
 

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