Jennifer Lynch | Preserving Democracy in a 24/7 Surveillance Society

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects us from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” But what does that mean in a world where the government can use simple, widely-available, and often secret surveillance tools to figure out where we’ve been, where we’re going, who we associate with, and ultimately who we are—all without a warrant and without our knowledge? And how do we ensure we can continue to engage in First-Amendment protected activity without fear that the government is watching and recording our every move? Lynch’s lecture will cover these topics, focusing on some of the new surveillance technologies the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has seen in the last few years and discussing the evolution of courts’ understanding of what these technologies can do and how that impacts the development of the law.


LynchJennifer Lynch
Senior Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Jennifer Lynch is Senior Staff Attorney at EFF and works on open government, transparency and privacy issues in new technologies as part of EFF’s Street Level Surveillance and Transparency Projects. Lynch writes and speaks frequently on government surveillance programs, domestic drones, location data, and biometrics. She has written an influential white paper on biometric data collection in immigrant communities and has testified about facial recognition and its Fourth Amendment implications before the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. In Lynch’s transparency work, she successfully sued the Federal Aviation Administration and Customs and Border Protection to obtain thousands of pages of previously unpublished drone records and the FBI to obtain new and revealing information about its Next Generation Identification face recognition program. She has been interviewed by major and technical news media, including NBC Nightly News, CNN, NPR, Fox News, New York Times, The Economist, Scientific American, and Ars Technica.