On Wednesday (December 3, 2008) the Majority Staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security hosted a series of roundtable discussions on the future of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties at the Department of Homeland Security. There is a schedule for the event, “A Path Forward: Constitutional Protections in Homeland Security,” here with a list of participants and topics, but that does not look like a permanent link. There is also a link to a live audio feed (hosted by a dot-com, not the House), but I gather it was only “live” since it does not work today.
I’m not sure of the status of such single-party, staff-not-members hearings and whether we can ever expect a transcript of such things. Is there a category of “government publication” into which this fits? or is this just another piece of fugitive ephemera?
There is a news story about the meeting here:
- Panel: Government data-mining programs lack oversight, by Stephanie Condon, CNet,
December 3, 2008.
The panelists said that too many loopholes exist in the Privacy Act, government data mining programs are ineffective, and information-sharing programs are growing without any accountability. This “discussion” seems interesting and worth documenting somewhere.
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