Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff speaks Monday at the “Unlocking the Privacy-Security Debate” event at the Beus Center for Law and Society on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. He discussed a nuanced approach for both privacy and security, with privacy paramount, but the need to access metadata to draw possible connections to prevent terrorist acts. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Former Homeland Security chief speaks at ASU privacy-security forum

Michael Chertoff emphasized the importance of striking balance between privacy, security in an increasingly interconnected world

March 21, 2017

“I think security and privacy are not only better together, I think they have to be together,” Chertoff said. “They are two sides of the same coin.”

Cybersecurity breaches are in the news nearly every day, and the discussion tends to confuse these concepts by treating privacy and security as a zero-sum game, Chertoff said.

Although when thinking about privacy we tend to picture government surveillance, “it’s amazing how much of our personal data is out there, not just from the government but the private sector — the volume is growing exponentially,” Chertoff said.

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff discussed a nuanced approach for both privacy and security, with privacy paramount, but the need to access metadata to draw possible connections to prevent terrorist acts. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now.
Michael Chertoff speaks during “Unlocking the Privacy Security Debate” at Arizona State University

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