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​​​​​​November 12: Public Meeting on "Defining Privacy"

Posted: October 20, 2014
Updated: November 7, 2014

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has announced the panelists for its public meeting with industry representatives, academics, technologists, government personnel, and members of the advocacy community, on the topic: "Defining Privacy."

While the Board will address the definition of privacy in the context of government counterterrorism programs, it is also interested in what conceptual interests are involved in the protection of privacy, how the impact of technology has affected privacy, what privacy interests have been identified by government privacy officials, what lessons have been learned in the private sector, and what the best way is for government to address privacy concerns. Interested parties are encouraged to attend and to submit comments. The meeting and comments will inform the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s approach to privacy issues within its statutory purview.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) at the Washington Marriott Georgetown Hotel, 1221 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. The meeting is open to the public, and pre-registration is not required.


The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:

8:00 AM: Doors Open

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM: Opening Remarks [David Medine, PCLOB Chairman]

8:45 AM - 10:15 AM: Session 1: Defining Privacy Interests [Moderator: Patricia Wald, Board Member]

  • Ed Felten, Princeton University
  • Liza Goitein, Brennan Center for Justice
  • Paul Rosenzweig, Red Branch Consulting PLLC
  • Dan Solove, George Washington University Law School

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Session 2: Privacy Interests in the Counterterrorism Context and the Impact of Technology [Moderator: James Dempsey, Board Member]

  • Annie Anton, Georgia Tech
  • Alvaro Bedoya, Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology
  • Michael Hintze, Microsoft
  • Hadi Nahari, Chief Security Architect, NVIDIA

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Lunch (on your own)

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Session 3: Privacy Interests Identified and Addressed by Government Privacy Officials [Moderator: Beth Collins, Board Member]

  • Alex Joel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Erika Brown Lee, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Rebecca Richards, National Security Agency
  • Kellie Riley, Department of Homeland Security

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM: Session 4: Applying Lessons Learned from the Private Sector [Moderator: Rachel Brand, Board Member]

  • Fred Cate, Indiana University School of Law
  • Harley Geiger, Center for Democracy & Technology
  • John Grant, Palantir Technologies
  • Chris Inglis, Paladin Capital Group and former Deputy Director of NSA.

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM: Closing Remarks [David Medine, PCLOB Chairman]

Public Comments

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board invites written comments by interested persons regardi​ng privacy in the counterterrorism context. You may submit comments by going to the Federal eRulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov​ and then searching for the docket number PCLOB-2014-05. Select the link “Comment Now” that corresponds with "Notice PCLOB 2014-05, Notice of a Meeting" and follow the instructions provided on the screen. Please include your name, company or organization name (if any), and “Notice PCLOB 2014-05, Notice of a Meeting”, on your attached document. Written comments may be submitted at any time prior to the closing of the docket at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 31, 2014.

Contact Information

2100 K St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20427

Phone: (202) 331-1986
Fax: (202) 296-4395
Email: info@pclob.gov