20 Feb 2013

Statement on the passing of Alan Westin

It is with sadness that we learned of the recent passing of Alan F. Westin.

Dr. Westin’s work had a profound influence on public law in the digital age in that it articulated privacy concepts in a way that speaks to the modern information society.

His pragmatic approach to addressing fundamental tensions between privacy and freedom in light of ever increasing surveillance powers and ever growing databases provided the necessary footing for some of the most important societal debates of our time.

May his legacy continue to be manifest in the work of privacy scholars, advocates, lawyers and policy-makers.

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