Author and investigative journalist James Bamford, best known for his writing about the National Security Agency (NSA), will give two talks on campus tied into Data Privacy Month, an international effort to empower people to protect their digital privacy by raising awareness about how our private information is collected, stored and used.

UCLA is hosting a series of events this month and next in recognition of Data Privacy Month, as well as to celebrate the 10th anniversary of UCLA’s Board on Privacy and Data Protection. Over the last decade, UCLA has been a leader in addressing privacy challenges by bringing together faculty, administration and student representatives on the Board.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. Bamford joins journalist Julia Angwin in presenting America Under Surveillance at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater. Bamford, who was called “the NSA’s chief chronicler” by the New Yorker magazine, is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Shadow Factory” (Anchor, 2009), chronicling the NSA's role in post-9/11 America. He authored a Sept., 2014 cover story, The most wanted man in the world, about Edward Snowden for Wired Magazine, and as part of an upcoming documentary film on cyber warfare, PBS released a 25-page transcript of his Moscow interview with Snowden. Angwin is the the author of “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance” (Times Books, 2014). From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where she led an investigative team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and won a Gerald Loeb Award. Go here for details and ticket information on the Hammer Forum event, which is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2-5 p.m., Bamford will speak at Charles E. Young Research Library in an event focused on the UCLA community. His talk is being presented by the UCLA Board on Privacy and Data Protection, with support from the UCLA Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the UCLA Library. A reception with light refreshments follows. RSVP (required) here.  

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, 8 a.m. - noon, a free Data Protection Seminar for the campus community will take place at the Faculty Center, California Room. Presentations will include an overview of the campus response to breaches of personal information; guidance on protecting data, devices and infrastructure on everything from office computers to the cloud; and a discussion of the challenges of balancing various privacy interests. This seminar is organized by the office of Kent Wada, director, Strategic IT Policy, and UCLA chief privacy officer, with support from OIT and UCLA’s Office of Insurance and Risk Management. Get more information and register here.