Privacy vs. Security: Can There be a Balance Between Law Enforcement Needs and Commercial Encryption?

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Date(s) - 12/2/201412:00 pm - 1:30 pm


With companies such as Apple closing ‘back doors’ on their products rendering customer data more secure, law enforcement agencies such as the FBI have voiced concerns that their ability to combat terrorism and serious organized crime are now compromised. These developments have yet again raised the critical, but as yet unresolved, issue of where – if at all – should a citizen’s right to privacy begin and end, and how can law enforcement ensure public safety and law and order.

What impact should the latest encryption technologies have on cell-phone, Internet and commercial data storage? Should such technologies, for example, protect citizen’s data from law enforcement and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) search warrants?

To examine this issue, the George C. Marshall Institute assembled distinguished academic experts and former policy makers:

  •  Timothy Edgar, Visiting Scholar at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, and former Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties, National Security Council.
  •  Bryan Ford, Professor of Computer Science, Yale University, and leading expert on privacy-preserving technologies.

The discussion was moderated by Daniel Gallington, Senior Policy and Program Advisor at the George C. Marshall Institute, and former General Counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Deputy Counsel for Intelligence Policy at the Department of Justice, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Territorial Defense.



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