Police Hacking and the Investigation of Cybercrime

Bryce Newell
Date and time: 
Thu, Nov 19 2020 - 12:15pm
Bryce Newell
School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
  • Jun Li

Computer hacking—or the unauthorized access to or misuse of computers—has been a standard form of cybercrime for decades. However, in many jurisdictions, we also see law enforcement using similar techniques to gain access to suspects' computers, and several countries have recently enacted laws that allow the police to remotely access such devices. In this talk, I will discuss the foundational elements of how the law in the United States regulates police investigations—through the Fourth Amendment—and present findings from a comparative study of the laws related to police hacking in five countries, including the United States. (The paper on which part of this talk is based can be downloaded for free at https://digitalcommons.law.byu.edu/lawreview/vol2019/iss4/7/)


Bryce Newell is an Assistant Professor of Media Law and Policy in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. He is a trained lawyer (JD, University of California, Davis) and social scientist (PhD in Information Science, University of Washington). Much of his research examines the legal and technological regulation of police work, privacy law, and police surveillance.