In this two-part series, we explore some of the issues around government surveillance and the search for that elusive balance between security and privacy. In this second part, we look at the search for that digital ‘safe place’ where privacy is assured and just why that place is becoming ever more elusive.
Of Counsel at Tilleke & Gibbins
Jeffrey J. Blatt (‘Jeff’) is a Silicon Valley pioneer who worked directly with the original founders of groundbreaking technology companies including Apple and Sun to protect and leverage their innovative technologies. He is a cyber security lawyer, privacy evangelist and TMT executive who leads the Tilleke & Gibbins’ TMT practice group in Bangkok, Thailand. Jeff is a frequent speaker, author and thought leader on issues relating to data privacy, cyber security, technology, and the intersection of privacy, law enforcement and government action, in addition to technology and telecom matters. In Asia, Jeff was a key member of the executive team that built and launched “Astro,” which has become Southeast Asia’s largest direct-to-home (DTH) digital satellite television business. He is also an experienced public company board member, having spent over 8 years on the board of Sri Lanka Telecom Plc where he chaired the Senior Tender Board, the Risk Management Committee, and sat on the Technology Sub-Committee providing strategic direction and good governance practices, including driving cyber security initiatives, at this large publicly traded fixed and wireless telco.
In this first part of a two-part series, we explore some of the issues around government surveillance and the search for that elusive balance between security and privacy. In this first part, we explore how serious the threat of cyber snooping by government surveillance is and why we shouldn’t panic just yet.