February 25, 2013

photo: digital security

The scandal surrounding David Petraeus' resignation as Director of the CIA played out against a backdrop of increasing questions about privacy and electronic surveillance in a digital era. In 2010, a federal appeals court ruled for the first time that law enforcement agents need warrants in order to read stored private emails. While companies like Google and Twitter increasingly report on the scope of government requests for their customers' communications and play an active role in resisting those requests, on the Hill, Congress may be poised to revisit the standard for electronic privacy for the first time since the Atari age.

The panel discussed how new technologies have outpaced statutory traditional privacy safeguards and the possibilities for reform. The panelists included Judge Danny Julian Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, David Lieber, Privacy Policy Counsel for Google, Laura Murphy, Director, Washington Legislative Office, American Civil Liberties Union and Kenneth Wainstein, former General Counsel and Chief of Staff to the FBI Director.

Meet the Panel

photo: Danny Julian Boggs

Judge Danny Julian Boggs

photo: Faiza Patel

Faiza Patel

David Lieber

David Lieber

photo: Kenneth L. Wainstein

Kenneth L. Wainstein

photo: Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy