Mayer Brown Cybersecurity & Data Privacy partner Rajesh De (Washington DC) was a moderator on a panel discussing improving government surveillance. The discussion focused on how to protect the civil liberties of private U.S. citizens without sacrificing national security. The event was cosponsored by The Constitution Project and Google.

Intelligence surveillance — often by necessity — bypasses many due process protections associated with traditional law enforcement surveillance. Yet there are few restrictions on how government can query and use intelligence surveillance for law enforcement purposes. This panel will explore what sensible reforms we could adopt to create effective due process restrictions on law enforcement use of intelligence surveillance without rebuilding the “Wall” that was removed in response to the 9/11 attacks. Can we instead build a “Chain-Link Fence” that lets information flow freely between agencies without permitting law enforcement to have unrestricted access to the massive pool of data collected through warrantless intelligence surveillance?

Watch the C-SPAN recording of the event here.