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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.

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 and use certain information, but wrong to share it.

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…

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Dear Mr. President: Walk the Walk on Big Data

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:28pm

In the wake of the NSA scandals and daily corporate privacy invasions, the president asked one of his senior advisors, John Podesta, to perform a quick 90-day review of “big data” (corporate jargon for privacy) and lay out what next steps his administration…

Will Congress and Law Enforcement Let Email Providers Keep Protecting Americans’ Privacy?

Will Congress and Law Enforcement Let Email Providers Keep Protecting Americans’ Privacy?

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:19pm

This was originally posted on the American Constitution Society blog.

The Hill broke a fascinating story last week: many major email providers are already requiring a warrant for the content of the communications they hold. What…

Time to Get Down to Business on Privacy

Time to Get Down to Business on Privacy

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:16pm

Today, the White House released a new policy paper on consumer privacy which may mark an important turning point in the effort to return control over how our online information is handled.

The report contains two main elements. The first…

I Went to Washington and Democracy Broke Out

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

Veterans of Washington D.C. political scene are well familiar with congressional staff briefings. For the overwhelming majority of you who don’t share that dubious honor, these briefings are aimed at congressional staff and the public in an effort…

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs — Even the ACLU is Talking About Jobs

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:34am

Everyone in Washington is talking about jobs these days. It's not surprising — with the country trapped in a long economic downturn and the President making it his key priority. Job creation is not something in which we claim any expertise, but that…

Spying On Surfing: Why We Need a "Do Not Track" List

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:37pm

The new model of Internet advertising scares the heck out of us. It's called behavioral targeting. What that amounts to, in a nutshell, is following you around the web from site to site recording your movements and using that record to sell you personalized…

Tell the White House to Fix ECPA and Protect Our Electronic Privacy

Tell the White House to Fix ECPA and Protect Our Electronic Privacy

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:03am

This might come as a shock to you, but the privacy of many of your electronic communications has a six-month expiration date.

The angry email you wish you didn't send last spring where you said those unflattering things. That text message you…

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