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Christopher Calabrese (@CRCalabreseis the legislative counsel for privacy-related issues in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office (WLO). Prior to joining the WLO, Calabrese served as project counsel to the ACLU Technology & Liberty Project (TLP).  As legislative counsel, Calabrese leads the office's advocacy efforts related to privacy and the responsible use of technology, developing proactive strategies on pending federal legislation and executive branch actions concerning data collection, surveillance, and identification systems.
Why You Should be 203 Percent Behind ECPA Reform

Why You Should be 203 Percent Behind ECPA Reform

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:46am
There's a wave of transparency reports sweeping the nation. In recent months a plethora of companies – including Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, and Twitter – have released these detailed documents, which describe the number of requests they get from the government to divulge their users' information and how they comply. Many of these reports are recent developments – Apple released its first report last week – and almost certainly spurred in some part by companies' desire to reassure users in light of the NSA scandals. Nonetheless it's a welcome development. As we have repeatedly said, the only way we can learn how our data is used is if companies tell us.
Is E-Verify Effective? Depends on How You Look at It

Is E-Verify Effective? Depends on How You Look at It

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:35pm

Yesterday the New York Times wrote about E-Verify, the system of employment verification tucked into the immigration legislation that passed the Senate later in the afternoon. As the Times notes, E-Verify is "a linchpin of the legislation… [that]…

Password Protection Act of 2012: A Good Start Against Employer Snooping

Password Protection Act of 2012: A Good Start Against Employer Snooping

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:06pm

Today Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Representative Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and a number of cosponsors filed the Password Protection Act of 2012 in the Senate and House to prevent employers from strong-arming employers and job applicants into sharing…

Supreme Court Decision on GPS Tracking: A Spur to Action for Congress

Supreme Court Decision on GPS Tracking: A Spur to Action for Congress

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:59am

It's time for Congress to catch up with new technology and support the GPS Act!

Oversharing Is Never a Good Thing, Especially When it’s With DHS

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:55pm

Sometimes sharing is bad. Don’t worry. We don’t plan to rush into kindergartens across America and break the news to all the 5-year-olds, but it’s true. Especially when it comes to national security and your privacy, it may be necessary to collect…

The Slow, Quiet Death of Real ID

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:43am

It’s a strange situation. What if they passed a federal statute that no one obeyed? Typically this isn’t a problem – there are a host of federal entities tasked with making sure that what Congress passes is followed. But in the…

Electronic Privacy Law is Older Than the World Wide Web — It’s Time for An Upgrade

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:23pm

In 1986, there was no World Wide Web, nobody carried a cell phone, and the president was a man born in 1911. That was the year that the statute that protects the privacy of your electronic life — email, search terms, cloud computing, cell…

Hurray for Google Transparency, Now Where is Everyone Else?

Hurray for Google Transparency, Now Where is Everyone Else?

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:16pm

Google released its latest transparency report today. They’ve made some interesting additions and the overall number of government requests is on the rise. But before we get to that, there is one major overriding point: good for Google and where…

Reading the Tea Leaves on Real ID

Reading the Tea Leaves on Real ID

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:13pm

When a hearing is calm and subdued on an issue that has been contentious for seven years, is it news? Maybe - when that issue is Real ID. I blogged last fall about how Real ID was dead and the committee room for today's House Judiciary Committee…

Corporate America: We Want to Track You

Corporate America: We Want to Track You

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:44pm

On Monday an extraordinary letter went out from a who’s who of major corporations claiming a mandate to track all of us on the internet.  In tone and substance, it is an amazing, over-the-top screed against efforts to give consumers even…

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