Summary:

Most of the year-in-review lists have the Snowden NSA disclosures capturing the top news story from last year. Accordingly, we will have several sessions at Structure Data in March looking at the changing trade-offs among privacy, profits and data protection.

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Certainly our thoughts about privacy changed last year. With the NSA disclosures and the seemingly weekly data breaches from commercial businesses, we longer have any expectation of our right to privacy. Or perhaps we now have a more realistic view of how much of our data tracks are being monitored.

Will consumers just be angry, or do businesses have to step up their game and actually deliver on better privacy protection? Are we really at risk to the extent that our government spy masters say we are when they give software demos on 60 Minutes? Does our right to privacy trump other rights, such as the right to a fair jury trial or freedom of speech? Just how much data do Snowden and his allies still have access to?

There are still plenty of revelations about the extent of the NSA’s abilities, as we saw at the end of 2013 with the news about how it hacked the iPhone back in 2008 and collected contacts and other personal data.

We’ll dive deeper into data privacy at Structure Data this March.

Joining us is Patrick Keefe, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and senior fellow at the Century Foundation. His writing includes a piece from 2012 about the Petraeus affair. His book, Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping, covered the NSA’s data collection methods back in 2006.

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