Thursday, October 19, 12:30 pm / Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium

Constitutional Limits to Electronic Surveillance

Dr. Max

Advances in  and computer technologies have furnished government with new tools to combat crime and protect national security.  Preeminent among these tools are hi-tech surveillance cameras that have been deployed in several major US cities and airports to monitor suspicious activity.  Some of these cameras are equipped with facial recognition software sophisticated enough to compare captured images to preloaded mug shots, and identify known felons or terror suspects almost instantly.  As yet, the US Supreme Court has addressed neither issue, and thus no clear constitutional standards have been set on the use of this modern technology that has given government an unprecedented ability to engage in electronic surveillance.  In his presentation, Dr. Guirguis will explore the Fourth Amendment issues involved in the use of government-installed cameras in public places as well as face-recognition systems, and propose some guidelines to keep the practice constitutional and minimally intrusive. 



Dr. Max Guirguis is an assistant professor of political science at Shepherd University.  He holds a BS from New Jersey City University, an MS from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York City, and a Ph.D. from Auburn University, Alabama.  Dr. Guirguis has taught at two institutions within the Georgia state university system prior to joining Shepherd faculty in Fall 2004.   Over the past 2 years, Dr. Guirguis has taught 8 different courses for the political science department, and is currently designing a new course on First Amendment freedoms to be offered in Spring 2007.  In addition to teaching courses in the areas of constitutional law and international politics, Dr. Guirguis serves as the university’s prelaw advisor.  

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