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Matthew
Cagle

Matthew Cagle is a Volunteer Attorney for Technology and Civil Liberties at the ACLU of Northern California.

Call Logs? Try Kilowatts: Reports Reveal Demands for California Energy Data

Call Logs? Try Kilowatts: Reports Reveal Demands for California Energy Data

By Matthew Cagle, Volunteer Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 4:34pm
Amid recent revelations that the NSA has been secretly spying on phone records and the Internet activity of people in the United States, transparency reports filed by the California utilities companies and obtained by the ACLU of California show that a significant amount of data about the energy use of Californians could be ending up in the hands of the government too. In 2012, a single California utility company, San Diego Gas & Electric, disclosed the smart meter energy records of over 4,000 of its customers pursuant to legal demands – and it’s unclear whether this information was turned over in a private lawsuit, to local law enforcement, or even to the federal government.
Use of Automated License Plate Readers Expanding in Northern California, and Data is Shared With Feds

Use of Automated License Plate Readers Expanding in Northern California, and Data is Shared With Feds

By Matthew Cagle, Volunteer Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 10:51am

The feeling of freedom that comes from driving down California’s sunny open roads is at risk—and rising gas prices are not to blame. Our investigations show that at least twenty Northern California law enforcement entities as well as the California…

AT&T's First Transparency Report Reveals Warrantless Demands for Customer Data

AT&T's First Transparency Report Reveals Warrantless Demands for Customer Data

By Matthew Cagle, Volunteer Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 4:04pm

This was originally posted by the ACLU of Northern California.

In the wake of our shareholder advocacy, AT&T has now joined Verizon and released its first transparency report. AT&T's report shows how federal, state,…

Does your local government have a “black budget” too?

Does your local government have a “black budget” too?

By Matthew Cagle, Volunteer Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 2:32pm

Cross posted on the ACLU of Northern California blog.

As we learn more about the US intelligence community's top secret, multi-billion dollar "Black budget" and how the NSA pays technology companies to comply with the Prism spying program,…

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