from the inbox, information on an upcoming National Constitution Center event:
Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden took online privacy concerns to a whole new level in 2013 when he leaked documents to The Guardian, proving the agency tapped into user data from Apple, Facebook, Google, and others as part of its PRISM surveillance program. A presidential task force has recommended an overhaul of the NSA program and federal court judges are torn between whether the data collection is or is not unconstitutional and in violation of the Fourth Amendment—ensuring the debate over federal privacy laws and the reach of the federal government will continue to grab headlines in 2014. National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will convene an esteemed panel of privacy experts including Anita L. Allen of the University of Pennsylvania, Charlie Savage, Washington correspondent for the New York Times, and Peter Swire, recent appointee to President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, for a frank discussion on the future of the NSA and privacy on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6 p.m. A 5 p.m. reception with light refreshments will precede the discussion. This program is co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania.