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Bennett
Stein

Bennett Stein (@bbbennettt) is a Legal Assistant with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. At the ACLU, he has worked extensively on documenting the use of automatic license plate readers and other new police surveillance technologies.  He is also the Unit Chair of the UAW Local 2110 shop at the ACLU.  Prior to joining SPT, he served on the executive board of the ACLU’s University of Michigan Undergraduate Chapter for four years. He co-founded the University of Michigan student organization Students Against Surveillance which continues to advocate for an ordinance in Ann Arbor regulating the use of government surveillance cameras. While in school, he worked at Durham’s Tracklements and Smokery in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bennett is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy.

The Government is Silencing Twitter and Yahoo, and It Won't Tell Us Why

The Government is Silencing Twitter and Yahoo, and It Won't Tell Us Why

By Bennett Stein, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 10:07am

The government is using shaky legal arguments to silence major Internet companies without giving them – or the public – the opportunity to respond. In three separate recent cases, the government has sent a grand jury subpoena to Yahoo or Twitter…

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DEA Planned to Monitor Gun Show Attendees With License Plate Readers, New Emails Reveal

By Bennett Stein, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project & Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 6:40pm

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives collaborated on plans to monitor gun show attendees using automatic license plate readers, according to a newly disclosed DEA email obtained by the ACLU…

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ACLU Seeks Information About Airborne Cell Phone Snooping

By Bennett Stein, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 7:59am

The ACLU is filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request today for information about a newly revealed Marshals Service program that uses aircraft to suck up location data from tens of thousands of people’s cell phones at a time.

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A Partial Victory For Judicial Transparency

By Bennett Stein, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 12:55pm

In a partial victory for the public’s right to access and scrutinize court proceedings, a federal judge recently made public most of two previously sealed opinions authorizing gag orders on Twitter and Yahoo to prevent the companies from disclosing…

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