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Single-Sex Education Will Not "Save" Minority Boys

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 1:24pm
Imagine you’re a principal confronted with these facts: according to a 2010 report, the dropout rates for Black and Latino males are well above 50 percent in most cities, and Black and Latino males are less likely than any other demographic to enroll in or graduate from college. What do you do? A) throw your hands up in disgust and frustration; B) institute single-sex classes; or C) research what actually works in improving student performance?
ACLU Lens: Google's New Privacy Policy

ACLU Lens: Google's New Privacy Policy

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 2:41pm

Google is following you. Yesterday evening, Google announced a new privacy policy effective March 1.

About Those Facebook Privacy Settings...

About Those Facebook Privacy Settings...

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 3:11pm

So, you’ve done it all right. You’ve meticulously chosen your Facebook privacy settings so that only your closest friends can see the most personal information about you. No one else has access. Or so you think.

Turns out,…

The Patriot Act Anniversary Week Round-Up

The Patriot Act Anniversary Week Round-Up

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 2:44pm

So. The Patriot Act turned 10 on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. And all we got were violations of our civil liberties. Well, that and this really awesome infographic, which contains information like this fun fact: Did you know that under the…

How Long Is Your Cell Phone Company Hanging On To Your Data?

How Long Is Your Cell Phone Company Hanging On To Your Data?

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 10:17am

A Justice Department chart released to the ACLU through a public records act request reveals the location data retention policies of the major mobile carriers. What's your carrier's policy?

You're Getting Warmer...

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 2:12pm

Last week, the Wall Street Journal profiled the StingRay. And I don't mean the sea creature. The StingRay is a device that acts like a cell phone tower — except it doesn't help your phone complete calls. Rather, it fools your phone into…

Your Cell Phone Knows Where You Were Last Night . . . Who Else Does?

Your Cell Phone Knows Where You Were Last Night . . . Who Else Does?

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 12:36pm

Today, 34 ACLU affiliates are filing 379 public records requests in 31 states around the nation, seeking information about how our local law enforcement agencies are using our cell phone location information to track us.

Chances are you’re…

The Value of the Rear-View Mirror

The Value of the Rear-View Mirror

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 1:32pm

Remember back in the 1980s when some cars only had one side rear-view mirror? Remember how that was later made illegal, and cars were required to have mirrors on both sides as a matter of safety?

On Friday, Gen. David Petraeus was quoted…

Another Three Months for Patriot Act

Another Three Months for Patriot Act

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 5:26pm

Facing a looming deadline, overblown doomsday stories ("Oh my goodness, 'lone wolf' has never been used; if it expires, how will the government ever keep us safe from a terrorist attack?!"), and a series of mostly bad options, the Senate…

And Now, To The Senate!

And Now, To The Senate!

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 9:28pm

If you can’t get the two-thirds vote necessary to pass controversial legislation, do you a) scrap the bill and go back to the drawing board; b) provide time for debate and good-faith amendments to the bill; or c) lower the vote threshold so that…

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