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Chris
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.

The NYT Demands DotRights. You Should Too.

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:06pm
The ACLU has recently been making a lot of noise about modernizing the laws that protect our online privacy. We believe that law enforcement should have to go to a judge and get a warrant that says it has probable cause to believe you've committed a crime before it can read your email, browse through your social networking account, or track your location. Right now, that's not the case. Digital information simply isn't getting the protection it deserves and that the framers would have wanted (if they knew what digital information was). That's why we're working so hard to raise visibility of this issue.

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…

Body Scanner = Naked Movie Star Pictures; That Didn't Take Long

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:42pm

We're not the type to say "I told you so." Alright maybe we are. In this case we just couldn't help ourselves.

Since December, we've been expressing skepticism about the deployment of whole body imaging at airports. We call…

News Flash: Another Fake Deadline Ignored; Real ID Still Dead

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:02pm

Real ID — the system to make state drivers licenses into national IDs — is full of melodramatic deadlines. Citizens of states who don't comply aren't supposed to be able to use their licenses to fly or enter a federal facility. Seemingly…

Technology Changes Things. Latest Example: Student Records.

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:16pm

Schools care about kids. Some are better than others but educators get into the business because they want to help kids grow and learn. Any teacher will tell you one of the key ingredients for doing that is knowing your kids. What kind of student…

The Naked Truth

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:12pm

As we gear up for another holiday season, the Transportation Security Administration has added a new wrinkle: naked travel.

USA Today has just reported that the TSA has purchased “150 security machines at airport checkpoints that enable…

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…

The Big Question, Answered

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:05pm

On Tuesday, Congress Blog's "Big Question" was: "Regarding healthcare reform, how can President Obama succeed where Bill Clinton failed?" Chris Calabrese, attorney for the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Project, gave this answer:…

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