Privacy, Technology and the Law – February 21, 2015

Symposium Overview

The “Privacy, Technology and the Law” symposium took place on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the University of Michigan Law School. This symposium brought together a diverse set of perspectives on privacy and technology for the discussion of an important topic at a critical time in the development of the surrounding legal doctrines. The symposium included three distinct discussion panels. Each panelist gave a short presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

The first panel addressed theories of privacy in light of how the emergence of “Big Data” has changed our societal norms and challenged the way in which the law treats private actors with respect to privacy issues.

The second panel addressed how the privacy laws in other countries have responded to the problems posed by new technological advances, and how the relationship between domestic and foreign privacy regimes has affected an increasingly global economy.

The third panel addressed the ways in which technological advances have challenged our criminal procedure and Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, and have posed new problems for law enforcement officials.


Scott Peppet

University of Colorado-Boulder School of Law

Shaun Spencer

University of Massachusetts School of Law

Alan Rubel

University of Wisconsin-Madison

J. Alex Halderman

University of Michigan

Dennis D. Hirsch

Capital University Law School

Joel Reidenberg

Fordham Law School


Jonathon Penney

Berkman Center at Harvard/OII at Oxford/Dalhousie University


Colin Bennett

University of Victoria


Margot Kaminski

Ohio State University Moritz College of Law


Christopher Slobogin

Vanderbilt University Law School


Luke M. Milligan

University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law


Susan Freiwald

University of San Francisco School of Law


Ric Simmons

Ohio State University Moritz College of Law



9:00 AMCheck-in and Breakfast
9:30 AMPanel #1: Theories of Privacy in Light of “Big Data”
11:15 AMLight snacks and refreshments
11:30 AMPanel #2: International Perspectives on Privacy, Technology and the Law
1:15 PMLunch
1:45 PMPanel #3: Technological Advances and Criminal Procedure



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Privacy, Technology and the Law
Saturday, February 21, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Symposium Program

Symposium Speakers

  • Shaun Spencer
  • Alan Rubel
  • J. Alex Halderman
  • Dennis D. Hirsch
  • Joel Reidenberg
  • Jonathon Penney
  • Colin Bennett
  • Margot Kaminski
  • Christopher Slobogin
  • Luke M. Milligan
  • Susan Freiwald
  • Ric Simmons

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Symposium Schedule

  • 9:00 AM - Check-in and Breakfast
  • 9:30 AM - Panel #1: Theories of Privacy in Light of “ Big Data ”
  • 11:15 AM - Light snacks and refreshments
  • 11:30 AM - Panel #2: A Global Perspective on Technology, Privacy and the Law
  • 1:15 PM - Lunch
  • 1:45 PM - Panel #3: Technological Advances and Criminal Procedure

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