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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.
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…

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…

Permission to Work: The Government Database That May Stand Between You and Your Next Job

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:13pm

The government database is called E-Verify. Its job is simply stated: make a list of everyone who is eligible to work. The theory is this will prevent undocumented workers from getting jobs and end our immigration problems.

There are …

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…

A Disturbing Vision for the Future of the Internet

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:42pm

The era that Net Neutrality supporters have long feared is here — major companies have begun divvying up the internet. Last month, Google and Verizon announced a "policy framework" of how the rules for the internet could work in…

Like Frankenstein's Monster, DHS and the Senate Try to Revive Real ID

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

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said today that Real ID was "DOA". That's "Dead On Arrival" for the tiny percentage of you out there who don't watch a lot of cop shows on TV. What she meant was that states are…

Put Those X-Ray Specs Back in Your Pocket, TSA!

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:37pm

Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives dealt a sharp blow to electronic voyeurs everywhere by placing extensive restrictions on the use of electronic body scanners as part of airport security.

Known more colloquially as virtual…

Note to Congress: 23 States Rejected Real ID

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:54pm

Saturday, May 16, 2009, should go down in legislative history as the tipping point for the Real ID Act of 2005. This failed law tried to turn state drivers licenses into a national ID card and impose new burdens on taxpayers, citizens, immigrants…

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…

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