Privacy and Personal Information on the Internet

April 28th, 2011

Apple and Google are tracking our every move with their cell phones. The U.S. government is seeking all sorts of personal information from the users of online services. On this program we explore the new norm for privacy, how can we raise our awareness of what others know about us and what can we do to have our laws protest us from abuses of this abundance of personal information that is a product of our times.

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Colin Bennett

Colin is a Professor in th e Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria and was also a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

His research has focused on the comparative analysis of surveillance technologies and privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels. He is the author of the  The Privacy Advocates (MIT Press 2009) and Security Games: Surveillance and Control at Mega-Events.

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Ginger McCall – Assistant Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center Government Program

Ginger McCall is Assistant Director of EPIC’s Open Government Project. Ms. McCall works on a variety of issues at EPIC, including consumer protection, open government requests, amicus curiae briefs, and national security matters. She litigates EPIC’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuits and is a co-editor of Litigation Under the Federal Government Laws 2010. Ms. McCall has co-authored several amicus curiae briefs on privacy issues to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Rebecca Jeschke – Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Director

Rebecca Jeschke is EFF’s Media Relations Director. Before joining EFF, she worked in television and Internet news for more than ten years, including stints as an Internet producer for CBS 5 in San Francisco and as a senior supervising producer for TechTV.

About the Electronic Frontier Foundation

From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 — well before the Internet was on most people’s radar — and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.

Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, EFF achieves significant victories on behalf of consumers and the general public. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US government or large corporations. By mobilizing more than 61,000 concerned citizens through its Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. In addition to advising policymakers, EFF educates the press and public.

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