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Join Dave Bittner and Ben Yelin for a lively, down-to-earth conversation on cybersecurity law and policy, with a particular focus on surveillance and digital privacy. Each week, they break down important current legal cases, policy battles, and regulatory matters along with the news headlines that matter most. It’s not just a podcast for lawyers and policymakers; security professionals, businesses, and anyone concerned about privacy and security in the digital age will find the discussions accessible, relevant, and thought provoking.

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Cell phone tracking and the future of data value.
Dave shares a story from Gizmodo about lawsuits aimed at Ring and Amazon. You asked - Ben listened - his take on an op-ed from the New York Times about cell phone tracking, and later in the show we interview Michelle Dennedy, formerly of Cisco and now CEO of DrumWave about the future of data value and... elephant masseuses.
The quiet, behind-the-scenes work of the FBI.
Dave shares a Washington Post story about the data your car may be collecting about you. Ben digs in to recent revelations about government surveillance, and later in the show we interview Jason G. Weiss, former forensic expert with the FBI and current Counsel at Drinker Biddle and Reath, where he focuses on cyber security and privacy law.
The cyber resiliency of White House operations.
On this week’s show Ben unpacks a recent Capital Hill hearing on the crypto wars, Dave describes a ruling that addresses biometrics and self incrimination. Our guest is Christopher Whyte, an assistant professor of homeland security and emergency preparedness at Virginia Commonwealth University. We’ll be discussing the notion that cyber security in the White House is in disarray.
Helping us understand HIPAA.
Ben shares a story of student privacy in an age of surveillance. Dave describes efforts by the state of Georgia to put parts of their official legal code behind a paywall. The listener on the line wonders about speed cameras. Our guest is Donna Grindle, founder and CEO of Kardon and the co-host of the Help Me With HIPAA podcast.
Moving the needle in the federal space.
In this episode, "Moving the needle in the federal space," Ben describes US Senate Democrats' proposal for new privacy legislation. We have a story from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on the 5th Amendment and password privacy. And later in show we interview Robert Sheldon, Head of Technology Strategy for Public Sector at CrowdStrike, discussing Federal cybersecurity and how those efforts connect to broader IT modernization initiatives.
Compliance, regulation and small businesses.
Dave wonders if a case involving a GPS tracker has drifted toward absurdity. Ben reviews a Pew survey on attitudes toward privacy. Our guest is Aleksandr Yampolskiy from Security Scorecard. He shares his thoughts on privacy legislation and the crypto wars.
Lessons learned from environmental legislation.
On this week’s show Ben shares news on the ability of the government to search your electronic devices at the border, Dave has a story about Google drawing the attention of HHS for gathering medical patient data and later in show my interview with Bret Cohen, president and CEO from Tier 1 Cyber. He shares his insights on some of the parallels between data security and privacy laws and environmental legislation.
Slowly awakening to the problems we face.
Ben looks at the cozy relationship between Ring and local law enforcement, Dave shares a story about a DNA tests and search warrants. Our listener on the line wonders about deleted emails. Our guest is Michael Chertoff, former US Secretary of Homeland Security, now head of the Chertoff Group.
The legislation can only do so much.
Ben describes a potential loophole in medical records privacy regulations. Dave shares a story of a woman ordered by a judge to unlock her mobile device. Our listener on the line wonders how digital assistants may run up against two-party consent laws. Our guest is Ray Walsh from, discussing new legislation in California dealing with manipulated video and deepfakes.
Privacy and biometric data.
Ben wonders if the NSA's authority to collect metadata will be renewed. Dave describes an expensive case of mobile device snooping. Our listener on the line wonders if the feds can monitor his laptop. Our guest is Elizabeth Wharton from Prevailion on biometric data security.
Crowdsourced private surveillance.
Dave shares a candidate's plan to make personal data private property. Ben describes a system of crowdsourced private surveillance. The listener on the line has a question about expectations of privacy in places like shopping malls. Our guest is Kim Phan from the law firm Ballard Spahr, here to discuss new privacy legislation going into effect in Nevada.