"Balancing Security and Privacy"

GETA Government Symposium on
Information Sharing
for Homeland Security (6/30/04)

Panel participants:

Kim Taipale, CASSTP, Moderator [bio]

Jay Stanley, ACLU, Speaker [bio]

Paul Rosenzweig, Heritage Foundation, Speaker [bio]

Dan Gallington, Potomac Institute, Speaker [bio]

M. E. "Spike" Bowman, Deputy General Counsel, FBI


Information sharing raises significant policy issues, including specifically how to achieve security while maintaining civil liberties in a democracy. These competing needs, however, do not present a dichotomous choice between security and privacy requiring the trading of one for the other in a zero sum game -- rather they constitute dual obligations, each to be maximized within existing constraints. The focus of this panel is to identify and articulate the precise nature of the conflict between security interests and privacy concerns in the context of information sharing in order to achieve some better understanding of potential solutions -- organizational, procedural and technical.

Related material:

K. A. Taipale, "Technology, Security and Privacy: The Fear of Frankenstein, the Myth of Privacy and the Lessons of King Ludd," 7 Yale J. L. & Tech. 123; 9 Intl. J. Comm. L. & Pol'y 8 (Dec. 2004)

K. A. Taipale, "Data Mining and Domestic Security: Connecting the Dots to Make Sense of Data," 5 Colum. Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 2 (Dec. 2003) [executive summary PDF]

K. A. Taipale, "Designing Technical Systems to Support Policy: Enterprise Architecture, Policy Appliances, and Civil Liberties," Chapter 9.4 in "Emergent Information Technologies and Enabling Policies for Counter Terrorism" (Robert Popp and John Yen, eds., IEEE Press, forthcoming 2005). [introduction available online] See also the Policy Appliance Reference Model.

Jay Stanley and Barry Steinhardt, "Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains: The Growth of an American Surveillance Society" (ACLU 2003)

Paul Rosenzweig, List of Publications


Dr. Robert Popp, "Countering Terrorism through Information Technology," Communications of the ACM (2004)

Nuala O'Connor Kelly, Testimony before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law of the House Judiciary Committee (February 10, 2004)

Recent Development:

"Government Should Not Rush to Massive ID Surveillance System," CAS Executive Director said in a statement released at a conference in New York as part of the Global Information Society Project's Program on Law Enforcement and National Security in the Information Age, October 29, 2004. [more]

Other Links:

ACLU Privacy & Technology

Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)

Testimony on Chief Privacy Officers

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

European Union (EU) Data Protection

Government Emerging Technology Alliance (GETA)

International Security Trust and Privacy Alliance (ISTPA)

Markle Foundation Taskforce

OECD Guidelines for Online Privacy Policy and Practice

Privacy Times

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Privacy Initiatives

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

USDOJ CCIPS Privacy Issues

USDOJ US Attorneys' Manuals

Electronic Surveillance

National Security

U.S. Department of Defense

Tech. & Priv. Advisory Committee

DARPA TIA Report to Congress