Harley Geiger

Harley Geiger

Senior Policy Counsel and Deputy Director, Project on Freedom, S, the Center for Democracy and Technology

Harley Geiger is Senior Counsel and Deputy Director of the Freedom, Security and Surveillance Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). Mr. Geiger works on issues related to civil liberties and government surveillance, computer crime, and cybersecurity.

From 2012-2014, Mr. Geiger served as Senior Legislative Counsel for U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren of California. There he was the lead staffer for technology and Internet issues, and was instrumental in helping develop Rep. Lofgren’s Internet freedom agenda, including legislation to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, ECPA, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and copyright laws.

From 2008-2012, Mr. Geiger worked at CDT as Staff Attorney and Senior Policy Counsel, focusing on surveillance, consumer privacy, health information technology, and data security. Prior to working at CDT, Mr. Geiger clerked with the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, where he worked on information security public awareness campaigns. In 2007, Mr. Geiger clerked with the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where he worked on health privacy, telephone network security, employee verification, and human rights issues. In 2006, he clerked with the Minority Leader of the Missouri House of Representatives, where he testified before a Missouri Senate Committee on technology policy.

Mr. Geiger earned a BA in Journalism, MA in Journalism, and JD from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He is CIPP/US certified and Politico named him one of the Emerging Tech Leaders of 2013.


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Panel I: Foreign Intelligence Collection and the FISA Court

The NSA, Security, Privacy, and Intelligence Symposium

In the 12 years since 9/11, as the national security threat matrix has become increasingly...