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Session

Where.gov: Government Surveillance Using Location Technology

Kevin Bankston, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Date: Tuesday, May 29
Time: 11:30am - 11:45am
Location: Imperial Ballroom

As location-based services become ubiquitous, so will government demands for location information as part of criminal and intelligence investigations. Indeed, real-time location tracking of cell phones by the government, and subpoenas for cell phone records indicating location, are already routine investigative techniques.

What are your company's rights and obligations when it comes to assisting in government surveillance or disclosing location data? How does the law regulate your handling of such data? What are the latest legal cases dealing with this cutting edge privacy issue?

EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston, who has been fighting the government's attempts to track cell phones in real-time without a search warrant (see http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/USA_v_PenRegister for details), will answer these questions and more, laying out the legal landscape surrounding location surveillance by the government while suggesting certain service architectures that could reduce the chances of the government targeting your company for surveillance assistance.