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Catherine Crump (@CatherineNCrumpclerked for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, a judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, prior to joining the ACLU. Crump graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School. She is a non-residential fellow with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

Con Law 101: First Amendment Redux

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 4:55pm
A post for non-lawyers who'd like a more detailed understanding of the legal issues in COPA ...The Supreme Court has held that "the First Amendment generally prevents government from proscribing speech, or even expressive conduct because of disapproval of the ideas expressed. Content-based regulations are presumptively invalid." We argue that COPA, which regulates speech considered "harmful to minors," is exactly this sort of content-based regulation. The Supreme Court didn't hold that content-based regulations are always invalid, just that they are presumptively invalid. The Supreme Court scrutinizes such laws closely, and strikes them down unless they meet several criteria. WHAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST PROVE:
ACLU in Court Today Arguing that GPS Tracking Requires a Warrant

ACLU in Court Today Arguing that GPS Tracking Requires a Warrant

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 9:59am

Should law enforcement agents have to obtain a warrant based on probable cause to attach a GPS tracker to a vehicle and track its movements? Several months ago we asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to consider our argument that they should (you…

ACLU Asks Appeals Court to Require a Warrant for GPS Tracking

ACLU Asks Appeals Court to Require a Warrant for GPS Tracking

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 1:33pm

Yesterday we asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to consider our argument that law enforcement agents should have to obtain a warrant based on probable cause to attach a GPS tracker to a car and track its movements (you can read our amicus brief…

ACLU Seeks FBI Guidance Memos on GPS Tracking

ACLU Seeks FBI Guidance Memos on GPS Tracking

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 2:00pm

Is the FBI attaching GPS devices to cars, boats and planes and tracking them without a warrant? Even in the wake of the Supreme Court’s January decision in United States v. Jones, holding that attaching a GPS device to a car is covered by the Fourth…

Your Boss Shouldn’t Read Your Email

Your Boss Shouldn’t Read Your Email

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 5:02pm

Senator Charles Grassley got it right: officials at the Food and Drug Administration “have absolutely no business reading the private e-mails of their employees.”

On Sunday, the New York Times ran a lengthy story detailing how the…

Need For a Warrant For GPS Tracking Still Not Settled

Need For a Warrant For GPS Tracking Still Not Settled

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 8:40am

Last night we filed an amicus brief in United States v. Pineda-Moreno, a Ninth Circuit case that could play a significant role in determining how broadly the Supreme Court’s recent GPS tracking decision, United States v. Jones, is applied to…

Judge Rules in Favor of Bradley Manning Supporter and Allows Lawsuit Challenging Laptop Search

Judge Rules in Favor of Bradley Manning Supporter and Allows Lawsuit Challenging Laptop Search

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 12:43pm

The ACLU charges David House's laptop, camera and a USB drive were confiscated at O'Hare airport in 2010 because of his association with the Bradley Manning Support Network.

Judge to Feds: To Track Cell Phones, Get a Warrant

Judge to Feds: To Track Cell Phones, Get a Warrant

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 3:33pm

In a victory for the privacy rights of everyone with a cell phone, a court has held that law enforcement agents must get a warrant to access cell phone location records. The ACLU, ACLU of Texas and Electronic Frontier Foundation submitted a brief…

Want to Read My Email? Not Without a Warrant.

Want to Read My Email? Not Without a Warrant.

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 2:51pm

Why should a warrant be required? Because email is deeply personal and private.

Tracked: The Supreme Court Shouldn't Let Technology Trump the Constitution

Tracked: The Supreme Court Shouldn't Let Technology Trump the Constitution

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 12:59pm

This term the Supreme Court will determine if the government needs to establish probable cause and obtain a warrant before attaching a GPS device to a person's car.

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