Jennifer Granick | American Spies: Modern Surveillance Under U.S. Law

Technology is transforming privacy–our personal control over data about us, our interactions with companies, and our relationship with our government. From Edward Snowden we are still learning the extent of the U.S. government’s exploitation of commercial services for massive and indiscriminate surveillance. While encryption and other privacy enhancing technologies can and have done more to stop opportunistic surveillance than any legal reforms we’ve seen, law is an essential part of policing government power over individuals. We have to legislate protections for emails, buddy lists, drive back ups, social networking posts, web browsing history, face prints, voice prints, and more. Moreover, U.S. law has to protect foreigners’ privacy. Our failure to do so not only disrespects human rights and gives intelligence agencies the ability to bulk spy on Americans, but it’s also threatening platforms’ ability to operate globally. These political fights are happening now and public interest groups around the world are waiting and watching for academics to take a strong leadership role.


JGranickJennifer Granick
Director of Civil Liberties

Stanford Center for Internet & Society

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Jennifer Granick is the Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Jennifer returns to Stanford after working with the internet boutique firm of Zwillgen PLLC. Before that, she was the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Jennifer practices, speaks and writes about computer crime and security, electronicsurveillance, consumer privacy, data protection, copyright, trademark and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. From 2001 to 2007, Jennifer was Executive Director of CIS and taught Cyberlaw, Computer Crime Law, Internet intermediary liability, and Internet law and policy. Before teaching at Stanford, Jennifer spent almost a decade practicing criminal defense law in California. She was selected by Information Security magazine in 2003 as one of 20 “Women of Vision” in the computer security field. She earned her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her undergraduate degree from the New College of the University of South Florida