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Calabrese
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.

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 to avoid holding many individual meetings on a specific issue. They are typically dry affairs with a few panelists and some Q&A.
Aww, an Anniversary Present for Us, How Nice!

Aww, an Anniversary Present for Us, How Nice!

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:01pm

This week, our federal online privacy law turns 25. The ACLU is hosting a blog series that will address some of the many reasons why the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) is in need of an upgrade! Spread the word using #UpdateECPA,…

Location Privacy: Anyone Sensing a Theme Here?

Location Privacy: Anyone Sensing a Theme Here?

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:00pm

The goal of the GPS Act is to protect privacy by preventing cell phones and other mobile devices from becoming portable tracking devices.

Yes, They Really Know It's You

Yes, They Really Know It's You

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:39am

Behavioral targeting tracks consumers around the web by monitoring every click and then selling and sharing that information to advertisers so they can target you specifically.

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…

The Battle Over Immigration is About to Affect All of Us in a Big Way

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:51pm

Many of us have strong opinions about immigration, but few feel the direct impact from the injustices of immigration law. That’s about to change.

Despite a significant error rate, pleas from multiple sectors of American business,…

We Must Combat Child Pornography Without Abandoning Online Privacy

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:56pm

Sexual abuse of children is deeply evil, not to mention criminal. It harms children to an almost unfathomable degree. Child pornography commercially exploits that harm, exacerbating the initial crime. Unfortunately, terrible crimes can sometimes…

Equality for Email!

Equality for Email!

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:07pm

Today Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) took an important step toward giving all of us who live our lives online a measure of true digital privacy. He announced (via Twitter — not bad for one of the senior members of the Senate!) that he was filing…

Yes, You're Being Tracked. It's Time to Do Something About It

Yes, You're Being Tracked. It's Time to Do Something About It

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:53am

In light of the recent disclosures about iPhone and Android location tracking, Sen. Al Franken and the Senate Judiciary Committee are taking the very welcome step of shedding light on privacy and smart phones with a hearing tomorrow. The senators…

Does the Government Want to Read Your Texts and Emails?

Does the Government Want to Read Your Texts and Emails?

By Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project & Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:45pm

Last week the Justice Department squandered an opportunity to reassure Americans that as technology advances our civil liberties will not be left behind. The Justice Department was called before Congress to say whether it should be permitted to…

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