Debating The Constitution: Technology and Privacy

Do you have a secret that no one else knows? What about Apple, Google, Facebook, Verizon, or Uber? Are you sure they don’t know your secret? Digital data – emails, text messages, phone records, location records, web searches – contain traces of almost every secret. They also contain traces of almost every crime. Tech companies may promise to protect our data from prying eyes. But should that promise yield to law enforcement and national security?

For The Motion

  • Stewart Baker, Attorney & Fmr. Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security
  • John Yoo, Law Professor, Berkeley & Fmr. Attorney, Justice Department

Against The Motion

  • Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group & Fmr. Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Catherine Crump, Acting Dir., Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic & Prof., Berkeley Law