Benjamin Franklin once remarked, “They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Indeed, the right to privacy is a bedrock democratic principle, but Americans also expect government to ensure their safety.

The struggle to find a proper balance between privacy and security is not new, of course, but it has taken on a greater urgency with the exposure of classified domestic surveillance by the NSA. The issue goes beyond national security to a host of law enforcement questions, as well. Will decades-old search and seizure rules apply in the information age? Will precedents based on outdated technologies have relevance in the years ahead? Simply stated, has the proliferation of digital data and advanced surveillance technologies redefined the privacy/security debate?

The 2014 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Panel Discussion will bring together renowned jurists, scholars and authors to answer these questions and others. The pace of “techno-snooping” has accelerated. This panel will illuminate how we got here, emerging court battles and the broad range of implications.

Panelists Include:
Hon. Leonie M. Brinkema, Judge, U.S.District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia
J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, President and CEO, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
Ginger McCall — Associate Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Director, EPIC’s Open Government Project and EPIC IPIOP Program


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