nationalsecuritylaw upcoming event: Caught in the Net: What Does the Government Do with Americans’ Data? (10/8 at 9am, National Press Club)

October 2, 2013
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The Brennan Center for Justice presents:

Caught in the Net
What Does the Government Do with Americans’ Data?


Laura Donohue
Georgetown University Law Center

Rachel Levinson-Waldman
Brennan Center for Justice

Julian Sanchez
The Cato Institute

moderated by

Julia Angwin
Wall Street Journal

October 8, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

National Press Club
First Amendment Lounge
529 14th St NW
​Washington, D.C. 20045

9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
9:30 a.m. Program and Discussion

After the attacks of September 11, 2011, the government’s authority to collect, keep, and share information about Americans with little or no basis to suspect wrongdoing dramatically expanded. While the risks and benefits of this approach are the subject of intense debate, one thing is certain: it results in the accumulation of large amounts of innocuous information about law-abiding citizens. What do our intelligence and law enforcement agencies do with this data? In the search to find the needle, what happens to the rest of the haystack?

A new Brennan Center report undertakes an in-depth analysis of the federal government’s policies and practices for the use, retention, and sharing of non-criminal information across multiple types of data. Join us for a discussion in which experts will consider the issues raised by these practices, including whether we need tighter controls on the government’s handling of Americans’ information.

CLICK HERE to RSVP. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brennan Center Events Coordinator, Jafreen Uddin, at or 646.292.8345.