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Pandemic Technology Surveillance: Privacy Rights, Health Security and the Undocumented

Surveillance is a tool for identifying emerging disease trends as well as mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The desire to link national surveillance systems to one single database has been sought for reporting accurate case information and data. Being able to access timely data is crucial for public health officials and researchers. Meanwhile, the pandemic has widened the inequities of privacy rights and health security in terms of managing the spread of the coronavirus as well as the rise in surveillance technology. In times of disaster, technology companies may leverage access to information and data. In this context, undocumented citizens may be vulnerable to breaches in their privacy rights. This panel of legal experts considers the concerns of privacy rights, health security, and concerns of the undocumented community.


  • Manjit Gill, Senior Corporate Counsel, Employment and Compliance, Bang Energy
  • Shruti Rana, Assistant Dean for Curricular and Undergraduate Affairs; Diversity Officer; Director of the International Law and Institutions Program; Professor, International Law Practice and Class of 1963 Wells Program Professor, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Michael E. Tigar, Professor Emeritus of Law, Duke University School of Law


  • Sandy Chiu, Intellectual Property Attorney, Greenberg Traurig LLP; Immediate Past President, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida

Joint Sponsor: ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Human RightsABA Center for Public Interest LawABA Commission on Disability RightsABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & ResponsibilitiesABA Commission on Homelessness & PovertyABA Commission on ImmigrationABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the ProfessionABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender IdentityABA Commission on Women in the ProfessionABA Council for Diversity in the Educational PipelineABA Criminal Justice SectionABA Diversity and Inclusion CenterABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers DivisionABA International Law SectionABA Law Student DivisionABA Section of Environment, Energy, and ResourcesABA Section of State and Local Government LawABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, ABA Standing Committee on Public Education, ABA Young Lawyers Division


Transcript: Pandemic Technology Surveillance: Privacy Rights, Health Security and the Undocumented

Resisting Wholesale Electronic Invasion of the Fourth Amendment

The National Security State: The End of Separation of Powers

The Pandemic Paradox in International Law

United States v. Zubaydah

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