Digital privacy, on-line tracking, and data collection have been in spotlight following recent disclosures about the National Security Agency (NSA) government surveillance programs. Markle President Zoë Baird participated in a recent meeting with President Barack Obama and leading technology executives and civil society leaders to discuss these issues. The meeting took place amid public debate about how best to protect national security while safeguarding the digital privacy of all Americans. The day following the meeting, the President outlined a series of steps to improve transparency and public confidence through a review of intelligence technologies and practices.
The recommendations and bold vision of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age focused on how to use information and information technology to improve national security while protecting civil liberties. A main goal of the Task Force was to protect privacy and civil liberties in a networked information environment and creating a trusted information sharing environment. The work of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age remains relevant to today’s discussion and informative about how to address concerns pertaining to digital privacy.