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A Straight Answer on Warrants for Email from the Government? Not So Easy.

A Straight Answer on Warrants for Email from the Government? Not So Easy.

By Amanda Simon at 6:15pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee met this week to hear testimony from Obama administration officials on upcoming plans to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). You remember ECPA? That bill passed in 1986 — before we had the World…

On the Agenda: Week of July 23-27

On the Agenda: Week of July 23-27

By Amanda Simon at 3:04pm

Here are a few highlights of our work for the upcoming week. 

This week, for the first time since 1990, the International AIDS Conference will be held in Washington, DC. A long-standing HIV travel and immigration ban, which was ended in…

ACLU Lens: Shaheen Amendment Draws Support from Retired Military

ACLU Lens: Shaheen Amendment Draws Support from Retired Military

By Amanda Simon at 10:14am

Last week, during its markup of the National Defense Authorization (NDAA) bill, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to include a much-needed and overdue amendment to help servicewomen when they need it most. The amendment, offered by Sen. Jeanne…

FBI Lowers the Surveillance Bar Yet Again

By Amanda Simon at 3:46pm

Looks like the FBI will be once again lowering its already rock bottom standards for surveillance soon. According to a report in the New York Times — quoting our own Michael German (a former FBI agent) — the bureau is revising its surveillance…

Facts vs. Fiction on the Military’s Abortion Ban

By Amanda Simon at 5:43pm

The Washington Times published an article Tuesday on the Senate Armed Services Committee’s recent move to repeal a ban on private funding for abortions on military bases. The story contained several misleading and unfortunate claims from …

Little Privacy-Invading Snowflakes

By Amanda Simon at 5:46pm

For years now, the ACLU has been sounding the alarm on fusion centers, a post-9/11 phenomena set forth by the government to expand information collection and sharing practices among law enforcement agencies. There are over 70 fusion centers in…

Christmas Comes Early! EFF Gets FAA Document Dump

By Amanda Simon at 5:09pm

Hey, remember the fight around updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act? Also known as the FISA Amendments Act? Also known as one of the biggest legislative and legal battles we’ve ever had over surveillance?

Well, the Electronic…

ACLU Lens: Senate Takes Up New Detention Authorities Again Tonight – We Need Your Help!

By Amanda Simon at 11:21am

The Senate’s back in session today, ready to begin once again on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Perfectly timed for the Senate’s return, the San Jose Mercury News ran an incredibly compelling op-ed today by Floyd Mori,…

Will the Senate Forget the Lessons from Japanese-American Internment?

By Amanda Simon at 1:02pm

The U.S. Senate is considering the unthinkable, changing detention laws to imprison people – including Americans – indefinitely and without charge. Before they proceed, they should review our own history by listening to the voices of…

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