Should companies that make cell phones, such as Apple, be obligated to provide the means to bypass encryption to government agencies, such as the FBI, in the name of public safety? What are the ethical and legal issues involving personal privacy and public safety? Should cell phones receive special protection against police searches? Should different types of information that can be gathered from a cell phone search be treated differently—i.e., should your location history be treated differently than the text messages you send and receive, or the photos you take with your cell phone? How should the 4th Amendment apply in the context of cell phone searches?
Come for coffee, a croissant, and a discussion led by Joseph Hoffmann, the Harry Pratter Professor of Law in the Maurer School of Law. A nationally recognized authority on the death penalty, he has also written extensively about criminal procedure and habeas corpus law. Hoffmann is a past recipient of the Law School Gavel Award and the university-wide Outstanding Young Faculty Award.