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Alex Abdo (@AlexanderAbdo) is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. Prior to joining SPT, Alex was an attorney with the National Security Project, where he was involved in the litigation of cases concerning the Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and the treatment of detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Navy brig in South Carolina. Alex is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. Prior to working at the ACLU, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, and to the Hon. Rosemary Barkett, United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Securing Our Data Should Come First

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 9:08am
This post was first published as part of the New York Times Room for Debate feature "Apple vs. the Law," which asked: How much should tech companies cooperate with the government on data access?
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The Privacy Oversight Board Should Have Listened to Senator Obama

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 5:20pm

In 2008, Barack Obama, then a U.S. senator, realized that if an important surveillance law were to pass, Americans’ right to privacy in their international communications would be (in the later words of the Department of Justice) “significantly…

Three Things to Know About the Government Privacy Report on NSA Spying

Three Things to Know About the Government Privacy Report on NSA Spying

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 1:43pm

This piece was originally published on Slate.

On Thursday, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board released its long-awaited report on the NSA's phone-records program. That's the program in which the NSA collects—and…

For “Civic Hacking Day,” We’re Opening Our Torture Database to Developers

For “Civic Hacking Day,” We’re Opening Our Torture Database to Developers

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 10:59am

This Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, mark the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking. The ACLU is participating by enabling developers to access our Torture Database and in turn make this information even more accessible to the public. Starting…

Government Increasingly Invoking National Security to Circumvent FOIA

Government Increasingly Invoking National Security to Circumvent FOIA

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 5:23pm

The government is increasingly relying on a national security pretext to bolster its secrecy claims, an Associated Press report released yesterday reveals. Analysis conducted by the news agency shows that the Obama administration cited legal exemptions…

National Security Letters: A Little Less Secret?

National Security Letters: A Little Less Secret?

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project & Hannah Mercuris at 4:37pm

The government’s surveillance of Americans in the name of national security remains overwhelmingly secret. Some of the secrecy is legitimate, but much of it is not.   The ACLU has been chipping away at secrecy and “gag order”…

Annotated: The Most Important Passage from President Obama's NSA Speech

Annotated: The Most Important Passage from President Obama's NSA Speech

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 4:41pm

President Obama just gave a landmark speech about NSA surveillance and the future of digital privacy...

TOMORROW: NSA to Release FISA Court Opinions to ACLU

TOMORROW: NSA to Release FISA Court Opinions to ACLU

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 10:07am

Last week, an impressive array of individuals and organizations filed briefs in support of the ACLU's challenge to the massive surveillance program under which the NSA keeps a record of every phone call made or received in the United States. You can…

Congressional Representatives Support ACLU Push for Transparency in Secret Surveillance Court

Congressional Representatives Support ACLU Push for Transparency in Secret Surveillance Court

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 12:41pm

Sixteen members of Congress have come out in support of the ACLU's motion...

The NSA Surveillance Order, Explained by the ACLU

The NSA Surveillance Order, Explained by the ACLU

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 5:58pm

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order released yesterday by The Guardian reveals that the U.S. government is regularly tracking the phone calls of potentially millions of Americans.

ACLU attorneys have been monitoring the U.S. government’s…

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