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Bill Harming Online Privacy Moving Through Congress

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 9:35am
Today, the House Judiciary Committee is voting whether to approve legislation that would create a sweeping new provision requiring Internet companies (email, cloud, social networking, and more) to collect and retain hundreds of millions of records about the identity of online users. The bill, HR 1981, the "Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011," – if only it were that narrow! – is a direct assault on the privacy of Internet users and overlooks some key fixes that could actually help to address the very real problem of child exploitation.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Important NSA Spy Case Today

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 8:43pm
The public overflowed the courtroom and late-comers filed into an adjoining video room, members of the press hovered around the courthouse, and oral argument lasted an hour and forty five minutes- that was the scene this afternoon as the Ninth Circuit…
Victory! Verizon Agrees to Publish Transparency Report (Updated)

Victory! Verizon Agrees to Publish Transparency Report (Updated)

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 9:59am

UPDATE: AT&T announced today that it will also release a transparency report! We are very pleased that both AT&T and Verizon are finally going to break their silence. We all deserve to know when and why our personal information is being handed…

Online Privacy Law Turns a Quarter of a Century Old Today

Online Privacy Law Turns a Quarter of a Century Old Today

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 4:31pm

Today, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) turned 25. Technology has come a long way. Unfortunately, the law hasn't kept pace.

ACLU Response to Facebook on Places

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 1:13pm

While the ACLU of Northern California and Facebook both agree that location information is very sensitive, we disagree that Places gives users adequate control of how and when to share this information. (Next time I visit my hometown, I’d…

Facebook Privacy in Transition - But Where is it Heading?

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 2:43pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

The next time you log onto Facebook, you'll be thinking about privacy: how private are your photos, friends, status updates, and personal details, and how public do you actually want them to be?

In…

ACLU Guide: Tips for Companies on Protecting User Privacy and Free Speech in 2013

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 3:22pm

Last year was jam-packed with stories of companies making costly mistakes on user privacy and free speech. To help companies get a fresh start in 2013, the ACLU of California has just released the new edition of Privacy and Free Speech: It's Good for…

FTC Joins the Online Privacy Chorus

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 4:56pm

Your online activities say a lot about you: what you like, where you go and even who you know. And companies are often eager to collect this kind of detailed information about you. So we’re pleased that the FTC has joined the chorus calling for…

We Don't Want Simpler Controls—We Simply Want Control

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 5:11pm

Facebook has been taking heat for its recent privacy-unfriendly practices, from the "privacy transition" that took away privacy controls to "instant personalization" that instantly shares personal information with third party…

Run Privacy Upgrade — It's Time for Congress to Update ECPA

Run Privacy Upgrade — It's Time for Congress to Update ECPA

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 11:35am

Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties is holding its first hearing to discuss the woefully outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act. (Did we mention that it was written in 1986?!)

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