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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.
Email Privacy Faces a Key Test Next Week

Email Privacy Faces a Key Test Next Week

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:14pm
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced late yesterday that he will bring legislation before the committee requiring law enforcement to use a probable-cause warrant to access all non-public internet communications such as email. This legislation is a key piece of efforts to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), first passed in 1986 and not substantially updated since.
DOJ Ducks Oversight On Location Tracking

DOJ Ducks Oversight On Location Tracking

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:17pm

How is the Department of Justice using location tracking? If you were looking for an answer to this simple question, this was not the week. Instead, as Congress attempts to oversee this crucial privacy question, it is getting double talk and stonewalling.

Let’s…

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.”

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.

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…

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, 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…

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…

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…

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