About the Publisher: Melissa Ngo
In 1755, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Centuries later, we face numerous attacks on our privacy and civil rights, ostensibly for national security. Phone calls are tapped, e-mails are read, and individuals are tracked by video surveillance. We’re told that if you’re not for these invasive surveillance tactics, then you’re with the terrorists. Privacy Lives rejects such fear mongering. This site will chronicle and analyze these attacks and various defenses against them to show that privacy lives on, despite this onslaught.
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Melissa Ngo is a Privacy and Information Policy Consultant and the publisher of Privacy Lives, “monitoring the pulse of privacy.” NOTE: The opinions on Privacy Lives are those of Melissa Ngo; these are not necessarily the opinions of her clients and should not be attributed to them.
She appears frequently in print and broadcast stories about privacy and civil liberty issues (she has been interviewed on ABC News, CNN, C-SPAN, and NPR, among others). Ngo has testified about privacy and civil liberties before legislators and government agencies, and she discusses such issues at academic, policy, and trade conferences. Prior to publishing Privacy Lives, Ngo was Senior Counsel and Director of the Identification and Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a non-profit research education center in Washington, DC. At EPIC, she worked on a variety of civil liberty issues, such as anonymity, biometrics, camera surveillance, DNA and medical privacy, and terrorist watch lists. She also directed the EPIC law student internship program and the Amicus Curiae Brief project.
Melissa Ngo also was a Visiting Scholar at the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program, where she worked on border security, camera surveillance, DNA, open government, and international privacy, among other issues. She has also worked as a policy adviser for a member of the European Parliament.
Ngo is the author of a chapter entitled You Are Being Watched But Not Protected: The Myth of Security Under Camera Surveillance in the book “Intersection: Sidewalks & Public Space” (ChainLinks 2008). She also co-authored a white paper on the national identification debate, REAL ID Implementation Review: Few Benefits, Staggering Costs (May 2008). She also is co-editor of “Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws (FOIA) 2006” (EPIC 2006).
Ngo has worked as a journalist at USATODAY.com and The Washington Post. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Georgetown University Law Center.