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Chris
Conley

Chris Conley is the Technology and Civil Liberties staff attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, where his work focuses on the intersection of privacy, free speech, and emerging technology. As a lawyer and technologist, he has worked extensively on the connection between consumer products and individual rights, particularly concerns about third party "apps" that have access to social network or mobile device data without adequate controls or transparency. He has presented on technology and civil liberties issues before the Federal Trade Commission and at various conferences including SXSW Interactive and DEF CON, and has developed his own Facebook and mobile apps giving users greater transparency into the types and amount of personal data these apps can access.

 

Prior to joining the ACLU of Northern California, Chris was a Fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where his research explored international Internet surveillance. He has previously worked as a software engineer and data architect for various corporations and non-profits. Chris holds a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Michigan, a S.M. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

You've Been Tagged on Facebook—But Now You’re In Control

You've Been Tagged on Facebook—But Now You’re In Control

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 6:27pm
This morning, Facebook announced its latest set of changes to its privacy controls that will start rolling out on August 25. The upcoming changes are intended to make it easier for you to understand and choose who can see both content you post yourself and tags created by other users. Allowing you to pre-approve tags and giving you better tools to manage your own profile is a positive step, and we encourage Facebook to turn settings like these on by default and to continue to develop and improve features and tools that give you control over your own personal information.

LinkedIn Links You to Brands and Products Without Your Consent

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 4:33pm

If you’re using LinkedIn, you’re probably doing so to connect with peers and colleagues, explore new business relationships, or even network for your next career move. Chances are you didn’t join LinkedIn so you could tell your…

Google's New Transparency Tool: A Window Into Government Surveillance

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 4:55pm

We've known for a long time that electronic privacy law is woefully outdated. But what we haven't known is how often the government is taking advantage of this fact to engage in a shopping spree in the treasure trove of personal information being…

Is Facebook’s Application Dashboard Missing a Privacy Gauge?

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 10:27am

Facebook is once again rolling out changes to its user interface, including new Applications and Games Dashboards that it says will “mak[e] it easier for you to find and interact with applications.” And, once again, these changes affect…

Quiz Facebook: Will We Have Control over Our Own Information?

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 5:32pm

Today, in response to an inquiry by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Facebook announced plans to enhance user privacy over the next year. Some of these plans address third party applications, like quizzes and games, that have access to a lot of…

The Facebook/FTC Settlement Proposal: What's New, What's Not

The Facebook/FTC Settlement Proposal: What's New, What's Not

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 3:14pm

Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed settlement with Facebook, addressing its assertion that Facebook deceived users by failing to uphold its privacy promises. As we said elsewhere, the proposed settlement has…

Facebook Is Abiding By Its Own Rules, Great! Now How About Good Rules For Everybody?

Facebook Is Abiding By Its Own Rules, Great! Now How About Good Rules For Everybody?

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 3:16pm

Today, Facebook agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it deceived customers by failing to uphold privacy promises. The FTC announced today that the social networking site “deceived consumers by telling them they could…

Gibberbot Wins Inaugural Develop for Privacy Challenge

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 5:00pm

The Develop for Privacy Challenge, organized by the ACLUs of Northern California and Washington, the Tor Project, and the Information & Privacy Commissioner’s Office of Ontario, was launched to highlight some of the best privacy-enhancing…

Sony Learns the Hard Way that Protecting User Privacy Is Not a Game

Sony Learns the Hard Way that Protecting User Privacy Is Not a Game

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 1:10pm

Less than a week after the revelation that Apple's iPhones and iPads keep location data logs, Sony announced a doozy of a privacy snafu of its own: a recent security breach on its PlayStation Network resulted in the loss of records of some 77 million…

Is Simpler Better for Facebook's Privacy Policy?

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 3:55pm

Facebook is working on a "privacy policy written for regular people." Giving users descriptions that they can actually understand is a great thing, and we're glad to see Facebook move in that direction. But, as we've pointed out…

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