Many consumers are concerned about what information they reveal when they go online, how that information is protected, and how it will be used. Government regulators have clamored to answer those questions and impose their visions of online commerce. But the best answers will emerge from competition among firms to serve consumers. Because consumers have many options online, and because they can decline to use the Internet entirely, they can reward and punish online businesses on the basis of their privacy and security practices.

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Commentary

NSA Reform — The Consequences of Failure

By Patrick G. Eddington. JustSecurity. November 26, 2014.

NSA Reform: Not Dead Yet

By Patrick G. Eddington. The Hill (Online). November 21, 2014.

Where in Constitution Is CIA Absolved of Its Multitude of Crimes?

By Nat Hentoff. Cato.org. August 13, 2014.

Cato Studies

REAL ID: State-by-State Update

By Jim Harper. Policy Analysis No. 749. May 12, 2014.

A Rational Response to the Privacy “Crisis”

By Larry Downes. Policy Analysis No. 716. January 7, 2013.

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Articles

Transcript: Five Train Wrecks of Information Disclosure Policy

Walter Olson. Vermont Law Review. Vol. 38. No. 4. Summer 2014.

Surveillance in Perspective

Roger Pilon. The Politic - Yale University. Summer 2006.

Public Filings

Heien v. North Carolina

By Noah A. Levine, Jonathan D. Hacker, Jamie S. Dycus, Stephen R. Shapiro, Ilya Shapiro & Gabriel Latner. Legal Briefs. June 16, 2014.

Riley v. California

By Jim Harper, Ilya Shapiro and Gabriel Latner. Legal Briefs. March 10, 2014.

Hearing on “Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities”

By Julian Sanchez. Testimony. December 11, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

No Place to Hide

Policy Report. July/August 2014.

Delivering Government Transparency

Policy Report. May/June 2014.

The Snowden Conundrum

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Events

The 2014 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference

Featuring Julian Sanchez and Patrick G. Eddington. December 12, 2014. Conference.

You’re Gonna Need a Warrant for That: The Path to Digital Privacy Reform

Featuring Julian Sanchez. July 8, 2014. Policy Forum.

The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI

Featuring Julian Sanchez and Gene Healy. March 13, 2014. Book Forum.