Spring 2003

Leadership Profile: Marc S. Rotenberg

Marc S. Rotenberg, Chair of the Privacy and Information Protection Committee, originally became involved in civil liberties and technology through his interest in chess, which led to an interest in computers, transforming into his current work in the field of technology and civil liberties. Marc decided to become active in the Section because of the importance of addressing threats to civil liberties and individual rights in response to the events of September 11, 2001.

While working for Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) after graduation from Stanford Law School, Marc concluded that social justice is possible only through the protection of civil liberties that help safeguard our democratic institutions. Marc now serves as President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the leading privacy and Internet policy organization in the United States.

Marc also has taught Information Privacy Law at Georgetown University Law Center as an Adjunct Professor since 1990. He is also chair of Privacy International, a London-based human rights organization, and serves on editorial boards and international advisory panels for several other organizations.

Marc is especially proud of the IRR Privacy and Information Protection Committee's work on the Section-sponsored resolution on improving reporting requirements of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which the ABA House of Delegates approved by a large margin at the 2003 ABA Midyear Meeting in February. In the near future, he plans for the committee to address the civil liberties implications of intensive data profiling and the expanded use of biometric identification systems by government and the private sector.

For more information on technology and privacy issues or the work of the Privacy and Information Protection Committee, contact Marc at rotenberg@epic.org.

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