Microsoft GC discusses the future of privacy, Part 1

Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith speaks on a panel at NYU discussing the meaning of privacy in the ‘new normal’

In perhaps the most famous law review article ever written on the topic of privacy, Louis Brandeis wrote that privacy was “the right to be let alone.” This line comes from his piece in the Harvard Law Review, where he was considering the role that new technology would play in the life of the average American and his or her expectations of privacy. Of course, he wrote this in 1890, and the radical new technology that concerned him was the camera. 

Today, the topic of privacy is hotter than ever, and much of the discussion is still spurred by technology. These days it’s cloud computing, mobile devices and the Internet that are driving the conversation, a conversation that was jumpstarted by the actions of one Edward Snowden.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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