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Balancing Business, Consumer Privacy and Government Intelligence Post 9/11 Is Difficult, Says Reuters Panelist

The final Reuters Forum in the 2002 series, Critical Issues in Global Economics, confronts the issues of national security and personal privacy. Robert Kuttner, editor of American Prospect, moderates the discussion, observing that since September 11 the assault on privacy by business is one set of issues but terrorism raises another set of concerns. He asks panelists how do we value what is uniquely American as an open society when the very security of the country is under assault?

Geoffrey Wharton, managing director of the World Trade Center Redevelopment-Silverstein Properties, who personally lived through the horror of the attack, gives his perspective on how security systems and issues have changed in past years. In spite of those changes, Ira Jackson, faculty chair for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, says no one should be intimidated to contribute to the discussion on these issues, especially because government is way behind the mark in getting security right. Jerry Berman of the Center for Democracy and Technology suggests that privacy was in serious jeopardy before September 11 and striking a balance between business, consumers and government intelligence agencies since then has become increasingly difficult.

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Published: May 24, 2002
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002

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