Categories: Data Europe Surveillance

Lessons from Carpenter – Mozilla panel discussion at ICDPPC

The US Supreme Court recently released a landmark ruling in Carpenter vs. United States, which held that law enforcement authorities must secure a warrant in order to access citizens’ cell-site location data. At the upcoming 40th Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, we’re hosting a panel discussion to unpack what Carpenter means in a globalised world.

Event blurb:

The Court’s judgement in Carpenter rested on the understanding that communications metadata can reveal sensitive information about individuals, and that citizens had a reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to that  metadata.

This panel discussion will seek to unpack what Carpenter says about users’ expectations of privacy in the fully-connected world. It will make this assessment through both a legal and ethical lens, and compare the notion of expectation of privacy in Carpenter to other jurisdictions where data protection legislation is currently debated. Finally, the panel will examine the types of metadata implicated by the Carpenter ruling; how sensitive is that data and what legal standards should be applied given that sensitivity.


  • Pam Dixon, Founder and Executive Director, World Privacy Forum
  • Malavika Jayaram, Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub
  • Alan Davidson, Vice President, Global Policy, Trust and Security, Mozilla Corporation
  • Frederike Kaltheuner, Data Explotation Programme lead, Privacy International
  • Moderator: Owen Bennett, Mozilla


Thursday 25 October, 14:30-15:50
The Stanhope Hotel,  Rue du Commerce 9, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

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More details on the event and how to register can be found here.