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CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Eric Berg – Is This Being Recorded?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

There has been a change and this talk will not be live-streamed or videotaped.

Food and discussion begin at 12:30 pm. No RSVP required for current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Open to members of the public by invitation only. Please contact Jean Butcher at if you are interested in attending a particular lunch.

Mr. Berg’s talk will provide an insider’s view of the strategies, mechanics, common practices, and likely trends involved in the state of government electronic surveillance. His talk will shed light on a number of widely debated issues in public life, and will feature:

  • The process by which the DOJ authorizes electronic surveillance
  • Establishing probable cause to authorize monitoring communications
  • Fighting a surveillance authorization — typical arguments
  • Trends: “going dark,” white collar investigations, and international concerns


Eric Berg is a former federal Prosecutor who will discuss the state of government electronic surveillance. As a trial lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division — first in Washington, D.C., then in the Southern District of California — Eric A. Berg was responsible for authorizing the use of electronic surveillance in undercover investigations involving foreign corruption, white collar crime, narcotics trafficking, and transnational crimes. Such matters required working on a daily basis with the complex technology, sophisticated criminal methods, and the challenges of one of the most controversial areas of law today.