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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.

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Protect our Privacy – Protect our Metadata

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 10:05am
Imagine bringing a date home for dinner. You put the laptop away and mute your phone. You prepare a gourmet home-cooked meal for two, queue up a selection of romantic songs and pick out a movie to watch after dinner. As the evening winds down, your heart races a bit as you go in for a kiss and wonder how your night will end.

Quiz: What Do Facebook Quizzes Know About You?

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 4:29pm

(Originally posted on the ACLU of Northern California's Bytes & Pieces blog.)

Ever whiled away five minutes on a Facebook quiz, finding out what cartoon character is your look-alike or how your IQ stacks up? These quizzes may seem like…

Facebook Addresses Several Privacy Problems

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 2:25pm

Facebook has come under withering fire recently for its recent string of privacy-unfriendly practices, from its “privacy transition” that took away privacy controls to “instant personalization” that instantly shares personal…

California Social Media Privacy Laws Give Students, Employees Online Rights

California Social Media Privacy Laws Give Students, Employees Online Rights

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 11:15am

On Thursday California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills into law that will protect the privacy of employee and college student social media accounts in the state of California. While these bills aren’t perfect, they are an important first…

U.S. Continues to Blow Away the Field in Demanding Information from Google

U.S. Continues to Blow Away the Field in Demanding Information from Google

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 9:37pm

We know that the government takes advantage of outdated privacy law to demand our personal information from online services that collect and hold our data. But what we rarely know is exactly how often this happens: the government isn’t required…

The Social Network is Stalking You

The Social Network is Stalking You

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 6:33pm

Facebook has been stalking you around the Internet – even when you’re not logged in.

D.C. Judge: Government Doesn't Need a Warrant to Demand Cell Phone Location Information

D.C. Judge: Government Doesn't Need a Warrant to Demand Cell Phone Location Information

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 10:39am

Can the government demand location information records from your carrier without a warrant? Unfortunately, a D.C. District Court judge thinks so.

Is Facebook Having Another Privacy Disconnect?

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 5:48pm

The very first sentence on Facebook's privacy guide page states: "You should have control over what you share."

That seems fairly simple, doesn't it?

But many of Facebook's recent actions, such as its much-criticized "privacy…

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…

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