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Victory! North Carolina Settles ACLU/Amazon Privacy Case

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:57am
We're thrilled to announce a win for privacy! The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) has agreed to stop asking for personally identifiable customer information in combination with details about the titles of customers' purchases from Internet retailers. The agreement came in the settlement of a lawsuit originally brought by Amazon.com to stop NCDOR from collecting such information. The ACLU and its affiliates in North Carolina and Washington state (where Amazon is headquartered) intervened in the lawsuit on behalf of several Amazon customers whose private information was at stake.

New Study Shows Death Penalty in Decline Nationwide

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:32pm

Earlier this week, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) released its annual year-end report finding a 12 percent decrease in executions in 2010 compared to last year: 46 people were executed this year, compared to 52 in 2009. Most of the…

It's Your Move, Congress: Stand Up for Net Neutrality

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:12pm

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt a new open internet rule. We were critical of this rule when FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski first announced it at the beginning of the month, and we remain skeptical.

First,…

ACLU Defends Amazon Customers' Rights in Court Today

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:01pm

Today, the ACLU will be in a federal court in Seattle arguing that the North Carolina Department of Revenue's (NCDOR) demands for detailed purchase information made by Amazon.com customers is an unconstitutional violation of those customers' rights…

Colorado Women's Prison Ends "Labia Lift" Search Policy

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:54pm

Last month, we told you about a horrifying method of strip-searching prisoners for contraband at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility (DWCF). It required prisoners to hold open their labia as correctional officers, "sometimes using a flashlight,…

State Appeals Court Finds Florida's Law Banning Adoptions by Gays and Lesbians Unconstitutional

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:37pm

Today, Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeals struck down that state's law barring gay people from adopting. In this unanimous decision (PDF), the judges agreed with a November 2008 family court ruling that the law violated the Florida state …

DADT on Trial: Gays in the Military? Yawn.

DADT on Trial: Gays in the Military? Yawn.

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:31pm

This week, the ACLU of Washington is before the U.S. District Court in Tacoma representing Maj. Margaret Witt, a decorated U.S. Air Force flight nurse who was dismissed under the discriminatory and counterproductive policy known as “Don’t…

Freedom of Religion: A Fundamental American Right

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:07pm

Today, we released a new video about religious freedom featuring a diverse cast of religious leaders from New York City. Imam Abdul Baqi of the Islamic Leadership Council of New York; Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper of Judson Memorial Church; Father Michael…

Targeted Killing: Death Without Due Process

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:06pm

We are all familiar with how the death penalty works. A crime (usually murder) is committed. It's investigated by law enforcement. A suspect is arrested, charged with the crime, and goes to trial. The government shows the judge or jury the evidence…

In New York, the More DNA, the Better?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:40am

If countless episodes of TV crime shows are to be believed, matching DNA evidence taken from a crime scene to a DNA sample in a law enforcement database is a slam dunk. Got a match? Got the perp? Case closed.

But as is usually the case, reality…

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