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    Events of Interest: FAA Online Discussion of Domestic Use of Drones (April 3)

    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

    The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it “will hold an online public engagement session” in order to “provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the agency’s proposed privacy policy for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).”  See a recent post for more on moves in state and federal legislatures concerning privacy and restrictions on such domestic use of of aerial drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, “UAVs”). Here’s more from the press release:

    The FAA will provide a brief overview of the UAS test site program and proposed privacy policy and then take comments from participants. Each participant will have three minutes for comments. The FAA encourages the public to provide comments to the docket. The FAA will listen and record all comments, but will not answer any questions during the session.

    The FAA anticipates that test site operator privacy practices will help inform the dialogue among policymakers, privacy advocates, and the industry on broader questions about the use of UAS technologies. The privacy requirements the FAA has proposed are specifically designed for the operation of the UAS test sites. They are not intended to pre-determine the long-term policy and regulatory framework under which commercial UASs would operate. Rather, they aim to assure maximum transparency of privacy policies associated with UAS test site operations in order to engage all stakeholders in discussion about which privacy issues are raised by UAS operations and how law, public policy, and the industry practices should respond to those issues in the long run.

    Date: Wednesday, April 3 at Noon ET
    For more information and to register:

    Events of Interest: Cato Forum on Traveler Privacy and Surveillance (April 2)

    Thursday, March 21st, 2013

    The Cato Institute is hosting a policy forum, “Travel Surveillance, Traveler Intrusion,” which also will be live-streamed. Here’s more info from Cato:

    Featuring Edward Hasbrouck, Journalist, Consumer Advocate, Travel Expert, and Consultant, The Identity Project (, Author of the book and blog, The Practical Nomad; and Ginger McCall Director, Open Government Program, Electronic Privacy Information Center; moderated by Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

    The United States government practices surprisingly comprehensive surveillance of air travel, amassing data about the comings and goings of all Americans who fly. Travel expert Edward Hasbrouck has been researching
    travel surveillance for many years. His findings reveal a stunning level of government surveillance, control of the traveler, and intrusion into commercial travel IT systems. Read more »

    Events of Interest: Meeting of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

    Thursday, February 28th, 2013

    The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board announced that it will hold a partially public meeting to discuss its start-up activities and related matters. (See this post for a lot of background information on the board.) Here’s more from the board:

    The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will meet in open session to discuss the status of its startup activities, and related management and administrative matters, continue development of the Board’s Fiscal Year 2013 and 2014 agenda, and to receive public input. The Board will meet in closed session to discuss internal personnel rules and practices and classified information. […]

    All visitors must contact the Board Office, 202-331-1986, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and provide name and organizational affiliation. All visitors must report to the visitor desk located in the lobby at GSA, 301 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20417 to receive a visitor’s badge. Individuals who plan to attend and require special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should contact Susan Reingold, Chief Administrative Officer, 202-331-1986, at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. Read more »

    Events of Interest: Panel Discussion on Privacy After Petraeus (Feb. 25)

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

    The Brennan Center for Justice and the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress are hosting a panel discussion, “Privacy After Petraeus” on Feb. 25 in Washington, D.C. RSVP required. Here’s more:

    The scandal surrounding David Petraeus’ resignation as Director of the CIA played out against a backdrop of increasing questions about privacy and electronic surveillance in a digital era. In 2010, a federal appeals court ruled for the first time that law enforcement agents need warrants in order to read stored private emails. While companies like Google and Twitter increasingly report on the scope of government requests for their customers’ communications and play an active role in resisting those requests, on the Hill, Congress may be poised to revisit the standard for electronic privacy for the first time since the Atari age. Join us for a conversation about how new technologies have outpaced statutory traditional privacy safeguards and the possibilities for reform.

    Panelists include the Honorable Danny Julian Boggs, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and David Lieber, Privacy Policy Counsel, Google, and the panel will be moderated by Faiza Patel, Co-Director, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice.

    Date: Monday, February 25, 2013 at noon ET
    Location: Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L St. NW; Washington, DC 20005
    For more information and to RSVP:

    Events of Interest: Day of Panel Discussions on Big Data at Georgetown Law (Feb. 27)

    Thursday, February 14th, 2013

    The Journal of National Security Law & Policy and the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law are co-sponsoring a day of discussion panels at Georgetown University Law Center on Wednesday, Feb. 27. RSVP to: Here’s more on “Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data: National Security in an Age of Unlimited Information”:

    Big Data is transforming national security capabilities. Despite massive data-storage capacity and sophisticated analytical tools for processing data from myriad sensors, the rate of data collection is outstripping our ability to analyze it. Compounding this challenge is an outdated and piecemeal legal and policy framework governing how data is collected, stored, shared, and used. “Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data” will demystify Big Data, address its challenges and potential, and chart a legal and policy framework for an evolving technology.

    Denise Bell, Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Senior Symposium Editor
    Dean William Treanor, Georgetown University Law Center
    William Banks, Journal of National Security Law & Policy Editor-in-Chief & Professor of Law, Syracuse University

    Panel 1: Mapping the Ocean: The Fundamentals, Challenges, and Applications of Big Data
    The sheer amount and ever-increasing sophistication of information have overwhelmed systems to store, share, and analyze data. How can the ocean of data be turned into actionable intelligence? How can we harness transformational technology for national security while protecting privacy in a society where people both willingly and unknowingly build large individual databases about themselves? Read more »

    Happy International Data Privacy Day

    Monday, January 28th, 2013

    Last week, I wrote a preview of this year’s domestic and international events celebrating data privacy rights. Click here to read that post.