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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.
Just In Time For Independence Day, A Renewed Call For A National ID Card

Just In Time For Independence Day, A Renewed Call For A National ID Card

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:24pm
Leading yesterday’s New York Times op-ed page is a column by Bill Keller, Show Me Your Papers. It supports the faulty claim that we can solve our nation’s immigration woes if we just create a national ID system, and it specifically lauds a 2010 proposal by Sens. Schumer and Graham to create a biometric social security card that would function as a national ID for every American.
DOJ Cell Phone Tracking: Excellent questions, Senator

DOJ Cell Phone Tracking: Excellent questions, Senator

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:51pm

Sen. Al Franken (D- MN) is trying to get some answers to straightforward questions about cell-phone location tracking. Today, using our recent nationwide FOIA as a jumping off point, he sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking them to provide basic information about a practice that, in the words of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, “generates a precise, comprehensive record of a person’s public movements that reflects a wealth of detail about her familial, political, professional, religious, and sexual associations.”

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…

Will Congress Take Privacy Out of Your Netflix Queue?

Will Congress Take Privacy Out of Your Netflix Queue?

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:41am

The Senate is considering a bill that will have a big impact on your Netflix account. Here's why you should care.

Facebook: Making Your Political Opinions Less Private Since 2012

Facebook: Making Your Political Opinions Less Private Since 2012

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:48pm

Facebook's willingness to search and collect users’ private political preferences and thoughts, which they may have shared only with their closest friend in a private email, is troubling.

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…

The Single Greatest Chart Ever (At Least if You Want to Know Where Your Personal Information Goes)

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:46pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report (PDF) on Wednesday that provides an outstanding start on describing the problems of data collection both on and offline.

Buried in that FTC report is a small gem: On pages 107 and 108…

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…

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…

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