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Threats to Privacy Rights: The Chilling Effects of Online Surveillance

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WA[Eligible for 1.00] — Must self-apply for credit.

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53 Minutes

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Course Description

Recent revelations made by Edward Snowden revealed that the American Government was collecting mass amounts of data on its citizens without warrant or any specific suspicion of criminal activity. Many scholars believe that this is an abuse of rights granted by the constitution, while the debate continues on whether Snowden engaged in criminal activity or was simply a "Whistleblower" under federal law. Join First Amendment lawyer Larry Walters as he explores this controversial topic. Among other subjects, Mr. Walters will cover the NSA's relevant policies and activities, the many chilling effects thought to result from such activities, and the legislation proposals meant to limit the NSA.

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Lawrence G. Walters

Lawrence G. Walters

Lawrence G. Walters heads up the Walters Law Group,, an ‘AV’ rated (preeminent) law firm concentrating in First Amendment, Internet, Intellectual Property and Gaming law. Mr. Walters is an accomplished civil rights advocate, a widely-published author, and a well-known public speaker. His client reviews and peer endorsements can be found here. He frequently represents the online entertainment community, as well as other more traditional industries. He has practiced law for over 27 years, and is often consulted as a national expert on legal issues pertaining to Free Speech and the Internet. He regularly contributes to television news programs on networks such as NBC, ABC, PBS, BBC, CBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and CNN. His high profile cases are often followed by the print and online media, having been covered in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired Magazine, Business 2.0, Playboy, ABA Journal, St. Petersburg Times, Orlando Sentinel, etc. Mr. Walters is a frequent lecturer on Free Speech issues, and has presented seminars across the country on Internet law, Gaming law and the First Amendment. One of his speeches dealing with the First Amendment and Terrorism, was published in the Representative American Speeches of 2003, along with those of former President George W. Bush, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and Sen. Hillary Clinton. He regularly publishes articles of interest to webmasters on countless websites and magazines, including legal updates directed at specific industries. His website,, which has been in operation for over 15 years, and is recognized as a global resource for Internet and Constitutional law issues. The firm operates the Web Law Network, an umbrella resource site providing legal information on a variety of Internet law fields. His blog can be found at Over the years, Mr. Walters has published several law review articles on Free Speech issues and Gaming law, along with abook chapter on the First Amendment protections of commercial speech.