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Thursday, August 9, 2012

What the Government Knows About Your Data

With EFF’s Hanni Fakhoury and Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster LAPD (ret)

How much access does the government—federal, state, and local—have to your data? How much access should different governmental agencies have to your data? 

As part of its Media Policy Reporting and Education Project, The Media Consortium, a national network of over 50 leading independent media outlets, has assembled an in-depth press briefing on government access to private data.

In what will be a lively conversation, Hanni Fakhoury will describe the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s efforts to protect your data and your privacy from government scrutiny. Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret) will make the case that government agencies—especially policing and homeland security agencies—require access to data for the public good.

Both Fakhoury and Foster will concentrate their remarks particularly on the issue of warrantless searches of data. As experts in this field, however, they are able to field questions about most aspects of government use of private data. Fakhoury and Foster will each speak for about 10 minutes, then the rest of the call will be open to your questions.

Registration for this briefing is now open at

Hanni Fakhoury is a Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who focuses on the intersection of technology and criminal law. Prior to joining EFF, he worked as a federal public defender in San Diego, where he won a published reversal in U.S. v. Sandoval-Gonzalez, 642 F.3d 717 (9th Cir. 2011). Hanni is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. You can follow him on Twitter @hannifakhoury

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster served with the LAPD from 1980-2004. An expert on police technology, he has taught criminal justice management at Cal State University Fullerton and has written 9 books on policing, including Police Technology (Prentice Hall). He is currently an international police consultant.  You can find out more about him at

The Media Consortium is a national network of leading, progressive independent media. Our members include magazines, web sites, television networks, radio, and film producers.  Our thanks to the Media Democracy Fund for making this policy briefing and MPREP program possible.

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