Interactive Civil Liberties Human Rights Conference ~ Saturday, December 1 ~ VenueSIX10, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Bigger Brother — combating surveillance by government and the private sector in a digital age

Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Feinburg Theater – 2nd floor
CLE Pending.

Moderator: Colleen Connell, Executive Director, ACLU of Illinois
Harvey Grossman, Legal Director, ACLU of Illinois
Lori Andrews, Professor, Kent School of Law
Nicole Ozer, Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California

Technology now has become an integrated, accepted part of our lives. From cell phones to internet access, from the ease of on-line banking to the promise of better service through electronic medical records, many Americans marvel at the conveniences and efficiencies that are part of the 21st century. In addition, many of us use social media as a means of staying connected to old friends, family members and colleagues (past and current). But do these technologies and others come at a price — namely, the loss of our personal privacy? Does living our lives “on-line” in a modern age open us to being surveilled by government as well as private entities? Can government easily get access to the “footprints” we leave on-line? And, how does all this information-gathering capacity interact with the already growing and powerful means of surveillance at the hands of government — including surveillance cameras, drones and cell phone tracking?

The panel will explore the nature of privacy in our modern society and how much access to our private information government has when we interact with other, private entities. We also will explore what guidelines are needed to put in place in order to protect Americans from unnecessary surveillance by government and private entities, in light of the lack of modern federal privacy guidelines.

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