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Free Speech at the Airport: The Government Can't Selectively Silence Viewpoints

Free Speech at the Airport: The Government Can't Selectively Silence Viewpoints

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 11:30am

On Wednesday, the ACLU and NAACP filed a lawsuit against Philadelphia for violating the First Amendment when it refused to accept an NAACP ad in the city's airport.

Court Says No GPS Tracking? How About Cell Phone Tracking?

Court Says No GPS Tracking? How About Cell Phone Tracking?

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 12:55pm

After the Supreme Court ruled the police cannot attach a GPS device to a suspect's car to track them, law enforcement is trying to use cell phone location data to get the same information.

Celebrate DNA Day by Taking Back Your Genes

Celebrate DNA Day by Taking Back Your Genes

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 4:05pm

Tuesday is National DNA Day, which commemorates the discovery of DNA's double helix structure by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953, as well as the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. In honor of National DNA Day, the…

Talking about Jimi Hendrix, the Star-Spangled Banner, and Free Speech at the Supreme Court

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 5:28pm

This week the Supreme Court heard arguments in Golan v. Holder, a case about whether the government can grant copyright protection to books, music, and movies that were previously in the public domain. Works in the public domain can be used by anyone…

Does the Government Think It Can Read Our Mail Without a Warrant Just Because It’s Electronic?

Does the Government Think It Can Read Our Mail Without a Warrant Just Because It’s Electronic?

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 4:39pm

Today the ACLU filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to force the government to disclose information about the circumstances in which it accesses the contents of Americans’ private electronic communications without obtaining a…

Even After Supreme Court GPS Decision, Feds Still Want Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking

Even After Supreme Court GPS Decision, Feds Still Want Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 8:34pm

Even after January's landmark Supreme Court decision cast significant doubt on the government’s ability to electronically track a person’s location without a warrant, the Justice Department continues to defend this practice. On Friday,…

ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Hear Gene Patents Case

ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Hear Gene Patents Case

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 5:49pm

Today, the ACLU petitioned the Supreme Court to hear our case challenging patents on two human genes related to breast and ovarian cancer.

The case, Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. vs. Myriad Genetics, et al., was filed in 2009…

Appeals Court Holds Hearing on Who Owns Your Genes

Appeals Court Holds Hearing on Who Owns Your Genes

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 1:02pm

On Monday, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held a hearing in the landmark lawsuit challenging gene patents before a crowded courtroom in Washington, D.C. The case, brought by the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation on behalf of geneticists,…

“Trust Us” Isn’t Good Enough

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 6:09pm

Yesterday, the ACLU filed a brief on behalf of our clients who are challenging the North Carolina Department of Revenue’s requests for records regarding Amazon.com customer purchases as part of a tax audit of Amazon. Those requests would…

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