Privacy's Best Friend

How Encryption Protects Consumers, Companies, and Governments Worldwide

This event is part of our series of events and reports on emerging issues in the 21st-century privacy debate. Read the accompanying report here.

Encryption is often discussed as an issue of law enforcement, cybersecurity, or free expression for specific groups of users. However, encryption is crucial to the privacy and security of everyone who browses the internet, communicates online, or uses websites for convenient activities like banking, shopping, or tax filing. Now there is a vibrant discussion occurring among stakeholders and the general public about whether there should be any regulations on encryption available to consumers, or special provisions for access by law enforcement. The need for strong encryption as an issue of consumer protection and consumer privacy is an important component of the conversation regarding the next steps for regulators, Congress, and companies.

Join New America’s Open Technology Institute for a fireside chat with Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Rohit Chopra, followed by a panel of experts discussing the role of encryption in protecting consumer privacy.

Lunch will be served.

Fireside Chat:

Commissioner Rohit Chopra
, @chopraftc
Federal Trade Commission

Alexandra S. Levine
, @Ali_Lev


Asad Ramzanali

Legislative Director, Office of Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo

Katie McInnis, @katielmcinnis
Policy Counsel, Consumer Reports

Keun Kim
Senior Managing Counsel, Digital Payments & Labs, Products and Innovation, Mastercard

Hannah Quay-de la Vallee
Senior Technologist, Center for Democracy & Technology

Alexandra S. Levine, @Ali_Lev (Moderator)