Brookings ECPA Event Today

By Benjamin Wittes
Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 12:18 AM

I was delighted to host an excellent panel event today at Brookings on the future of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. For ECPA nerds, the video below is well-worth watching, as it contains a very good discussion of the major issues in contention right now--specifically, cloud-stored communications content data and location data from cell phones. For ECPA neophytes who are interested in digital privacy issues, the video is also worth watching, in part because Orin Kerr's opening lecture is probably the best primer on the subject that you will ever seen or read and in part because the panel debate is very illuminating. The event opens with Orin's talk. The panel, which immediately follows the talk, includes Valerie Caproni, general counsel of the FBI, James Dempsey of the Center for Democracy and Technology, James Baker of the Justice Department, and Albert Gidari of Perkins Coie. My thanks to all who participated.