Habeas Data – Book talk by Cyrus Farivar

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Northwest Academy

1130 SW Main Street

Portland, OR 97205

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You are being watched.

Until recently, most of our personal activities were easy to keep private, and unearthing the details required at least some effort on the part of those seeking our information. Today, however, with the advent of social media and surveillance technologies, along with the movement of many aspects of our lives into the digital realm, our data has become more widely available and more public. Between emails, web searches, phone calls, CCTV cameras, social media posts, and online transactions, we can be tracked by private companies as well as our government.

But, how much of this tracking is even legal?

Cyrus Farivar’s book Habeas Data examines ten pivotal legal cases that have shaped our current rights related to privacy and also explores surveillance tools in use today. He’ll explain how those cases and tools affect our lives in 2019.

Join us for a fascinating trip through legal and privacy history and into the present day to learn how law enforcement agencies and companies can collect and use our private details, often without our knowledge.

Thanks to our sponsors Northwest Academy, KBOO, and Annie Bloom's Books!

Doors open: 6:00 pm

Event starts: 6:30 pm


Is the venue accessible?

Yes, and wheelchair seating is available.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The venue is one block west of the Portland Streetcar southbound NS Line and B Loop, and two blocks west of the northbound NS Line and A Loop. It’s also one block south of the eastbound 15-Belmont/NW 23rd bus route.

If driving, there’s street parking and a paid lot across the street from the building and a curb-side drop-off area in front of the building.

Is bike parking available?

Yes, there’s a room available in the building where bikes may be parked.

Can I bring a pet?

Service animals are welcome, but otherwise, pets are not permitted.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No. Everyone is welcome!

Will there be food at the event?

Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

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