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Thursday, June 13 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Demystifying the Definitions, Demands, and Data of “Direct Access”

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“Direct access” refers to the ability of a government to copy, retrieve or receive user data directly from a communications network. Though the human rights concerns that emerge under direct access scenarios are globally significant, advocacy has been limited due to a lack of shared terminology and understanding of the phenomenon. There is no standard definition of direct access. Privacy International describes it as “situations where law enforcement and intelligence agencies have a direct connection to telecommunications networks in order to obtain digital communications content and data (both mobile and internet), often without prior notice or judicial authorisation and without the involvement and knowledge of the Telco or ISP that owns or runs the network.” The former Telecommunications Industry Dialogue (now part of the Global Network Initiative) defined direct access in 2017 as “...systems that allow government authorities real-time access to the networks of telecommunications operators without making specific or periodic demands of the operator.” Over the course of the session, participants will come to a common understanding of direct access and identify next steps for continuing to build a multistakeholder community of practice around this issue.

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Jason Pielemeier

Policy Director, Global Network Initiative

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Moira Oliver

Head of Policy & Chief Counsel, Human/Digital Rights, BT
I'm BT's lawyer and head of policy for human rights - responsible for our programme to implement the UNGPs in our business.
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Greg Nojeim

Director, Project on Freedom, Security and Technology, Center for Democracy & Technology
Cybersecurity, surveillance, United States surveillance laws, ECPA, cross border law enforcement demands for Internet users' communications, encryption

Thursday June 13, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm BST
Limes (Laico)