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Documents Suggest Maker of Controversial Surveillance Tool Misled the FCC

Documents Suggest Maker of Controversial Surveillance Tool Misled the FCC

By Nathan Freed Wessler, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project & Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 10:10am
New documents obtained by the ACLU of Northern California appear to show the Florida-based Harris Corporation misleading the Federal Communications Commission while seeking authorization to sell its line of Stingray cell phone surveillance gear to state and local police. The documents raise the possibility that federal regulatory approval of the technology was based on bad information. The ACLU today wrote a letter to the FCC asking for an investigation.
Keeping "Your World" Private: Turning off Google's New Private Search Results

Keeping "Your World" Private: Turning off Google's New Private Search Results

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 5:23pm

Want to keep your information private now that Google has started rolling out “Search, plus Your World,” a new search results format? For those signed-in with a Google account, the new feature combines search results from the public…

Don't Let Schools Chip Your Kids

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 11:03am

On Tuesday, preschoolers in Richmond, California showed up for school and were handed jerseys embedded with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. RFID tags are tiny computer chips that are frequently used to track everything from cattle to commercial…

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…
Note to Self: Siri Not Just Working for Me, Working Full-Time for Apple, Too

Note to Self: Siri Not Just Working for Me, Working Full-Time for Apple, Too

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 6:33pm

The Siri “personal assistant” is sending lots of our personal voice and user info to Apple to stockpile in its databases.

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…

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's NSA 'reforms': bad for privacy, bad for business

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's NSA 'reforms': bad for privacy, bad for business

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 2:29pm

This op-ed originally ran in the San Jose Mercury News before the tech giants released their letter to Pres. Obama and Congress urging widespread surveillance reform. In August, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington,…

Congress Calls Up 1986

Congress Calls Up 1986

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 2:49pm

Yesterday, Congress had the chance to walk down digital memory lane and see just how far technology has advanced since our federal electronic privacy law was last updated in 1986.

AT&T Wants Us to Pay Them With Our Money And Our Privacy – How to Opt Out

AT&T Wants Us to Pay Them With Our Money And Our Privacy – How to Opt Out

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 5:43pm

I received an email from AT&T today. Did you? It turns out that AT&T is revising its privacy policy to make it “easier to understand” and by the way, also to let us know that they want us to pay them with our money and our privacy, too.…

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…

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