CDT Webinar Series: Gaps in U.S. Privacy and Surveillance Law Laid Bare by Coronavirus





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CDT Discussion Series: The Coronavirus and Tech Policy

The world is moving rapidly to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus – and the Center for Democracy & Technology’s policy teams are working just as fast to ensure that government leaders, policymakers, and tech companies protect our civil liberties as well as our health. As part of our response, we are hosting a series of webinar discussions on some of the most important short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19, and we invite you to join us. This discussion series will create a space to hear from our experts, ask questions, and get up to speed on cutting-edge issues in technology policy.

The topic of our first webinar will be “Gaps in U.S. Privacy and Surveillance Law Laid Bare by Coronavirus”. Certain sensitive information — including location and health information — could be important to fight the spread of COVID-19, but lacks clear and uniform protections. The gaps often result in surprise at how personal data is repurposed, undermining trust and making users reluctant to share information. CDT experts will discuss specific issues with commercial data privacy laws, protections against government surveillance (such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act), and how the debate is playing out both in the U.S. and Europe.

Space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan to join us. Once you have RSVP’ed, instructions to join by computer and by phone will be sent directly to your inbox prior to the event.

When: Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 11-11:45 AM EST

  • Moderator – Lisa A. Hayes (Interim Co-CEO, Vice President, Strategy & General Counsel)
  • Greg Nojeim (Senior Counsel and Director, Freedom, Security and Technology Project)
  • Andrew Crawford (Policy Counsel, Privacy & Data)
  • Jens-Henrik Jeppesen (Representative and Director for European Affairs)

Questions: We will be accepting questions before and during the discussion. Submit any questions via email at [email protected] or via Twitter at #cdtquestions and @CenDemTech. For those joining via computer, you will also be able to ask questions during the discussion using the chat or the “raise your hand” function.

Find more of CDT’s coronavirus response-related work at, and stay tuned for announcements of coming CDT webinars.