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Location Tracking and Biometrics Conference to Examine Issues of Privacy in New Age of Technology


Following last year’s Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Jones, about the constitutionality of GPS tracking of vehicles without a warrant, leading experts in the legal, political, and academic field will convene to discuss the implications of the case and what comes next at the Location Tracking and Biometrics Conference at Yale Law School.

The conference, which will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2013, will consist of four panel discussions featuring judges, policymakers, practitioners, academics, and other experts. They will discuss various forms of location tracking and the implications of biometric identification as well as analyze legal problems, and propose statutory solutions.

"This conference brings surveillance experts from around the country to discuss government location tracking in all its forms," says Margot E. Kaminski, Executive Director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. "The Jones case addressed only GPS tracking. Cellular phone tracking, facial recognition, and drone use all raise important legal questions about privacy protection."

Speakers include Professor Susan Freiwald, of the University of San Francisco School of Law; Kevin Bankston, Senior Counsel and Director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology; Chris Soghoian, Principal Technologist and Senior Policy Analyst at the ACLU; Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Bart Gellman, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and many others. For a full list of speakers, visit the conference website.

The Location Tracking and Biometrics Conference is co-sponsored by Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and NYU's Engelberg Center, and is supported by the Thomson Reuters Initiative on Law and Technology. The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is an intellectual center addressing the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society, guided by the values of democracy, development, and civil liberties.

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in room 127 of the Sterling Law Building. Registration is free and open to the public.