COVID-19: Public Health, Privacy, and Law Enforcement, A Precarious Balancing Act

Christopher Whiting talks about the challenges public health has faced during the COVID-19 response balancing the sharing of private health information with law enforcement and other first responders. He shares the findings from his research on the topic and provides insight to how his county addressed the issues.

About the Speaker

Christopher Whiting is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security while continuing his role as a Detective Sergeant with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (New Jersey) Intelligence & Counterterrorism Unit. He serves as Bergen County’s Counterterrorism Coordinator (CTC) and Chair of the New Jersey Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Law Enforcement Subcommittee. For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sgt. Whiting’s assignment is with the Bergen County Health Department to assist in data analysis and facilitate the sharing of COVID-19 positive patient info with Bergen County law enforcement agencies. He holds a MS from Farleigh Dickinson University in Homeland Security and a BS from Manhattan College in Computer Engineering. He may be reached at Christopher.Whiting@NPS.edu.

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