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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.

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 mobile apps out there — apps that improve, rather than erode, our ability to protect and control our own private information. After our judges evaluated many qualified applicants, we were delighted to recognize secure chat and instant messaging app Gibberbot as our inaugural challenge winner, and to provide one team member with a trip to Las Vegas to accept the award and discuss the app at the awards ceremony held during DefCon 19.

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…

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…

Don't Hide Your Gun in Your iPhone(?!)

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 4:15pm

(Originally posted on the ACLU of Northern California Blog.)

In a case with chilling privacy implications, the California Supreme Court recently held that police officers can search the entire contents of a cell phone whenever they arrest…

Facebook Flunks Privacy 101

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 12:00am

We recently blogged that Facebook's default privacy settings allow quizzes and other applications to peer into your profile - even if it's your friend, and not you, who takes the quiz!

But don't take our word for it. If you're a Facebook user,…

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