IQ2 debate: Tech companies, private data and law enforcement

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A new debate from the Intelligence Squared series. Four experts debate if tech companies should help law enforcement gain access to your private digital data.

Perhaps it could prevent or solve crimes, or protect national security. But isn't personal data supposed to be private?

The debate motion: Tech companies should be required to help law enforcement execute search warrants to access customer data.

For the motion: Stewart Baker, attorney and former assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security. And John Yoo, a law professor at Berkeley and former attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Against the motion: Catherine Crump, acting director at Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic and professor of law at Berkeley Law. And Michael Chertoff, executive chairman of the Chertoff Group and former Secretary of Homeland Security.

To listen to the debate, click the audio player above.

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