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The False Choice: Cybersecurity v. Civil Liberties

A Staff Briefing     



In the wake of recent news accounts of attacks on both private and government networks, the House of Representatives is about to consider legislation aiming to protect U.S. systems from future, and potentially devastating, attacks. However, questions remain about the potential impact of the legislation on individuals' privacy and civil liberties. Without proper controls, government agents could gain access to personal information and the content of private communications and use it for purposes that have nothing to do with cybersecurity. Cybersecurity legislation need not and should not sacrifice civil liberties to protect the nation from cyber-attacks.


On April 17, The Constitution Project (TCP), the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) invite you to attend a briefing to discuss how legislation can protect the United States from cyber-attacks while preserving Americans' constitutional rights and civil liberties.


To learn more about the constitutional threats posed by current cybersecurity proposals and recommendations for addressing them, read TCP's bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee report  Recommendations for the Implementation of a Comprehensive Constitutional Cybersecurity Policy. To learn more about the cybersecurity bills to be taken up during "Cybersecurity Week" beginning April 23, see the CDT and ACLU websites.  




  • Mary O. McCarthy, former Associate Deputy Inspector General, Investigations, Central Intelligence Agency; former Senior Director for Intelligence Programs, National Security Council; Member of TCP's Liberty and Security Committee    
  • Gregory T. Nojeim, Senior Counsel and Director, Project on Freedom, Security & Technology, Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union  
  • Hon. James Robertson, Neutral, Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS; U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, 1994-2010; and Judge for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, 2002-2005 
  • Sharon Bradford Franklin (moderator), Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project   
WHAT:             Briefing on Cybersecurity and Civil Liberties

A light lunch will be served


WHEN:            Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from 12:00-1:30 pm


WHERE:           Room 2237, Rayburn House Office Building

45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515  


RSVP:              The Constitution Project 



MEDIA:             Larry Akey, Director of Communications

CONTACT        (w): 202.580.6922, (c): 202.580.9313;     



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