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The Coming Power Struggles Over the "Internet of Things"

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 11:01am
When I stick a movie into my DVD player and try to fast-forward through some of the annoying preliminaries that are at the front of the disc, I get an error message:
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Body Cameras on Police in Schools

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 2:04pm

We’re starting to get questions about the use of body cameras by “school resource officers,” a.k.a. police officers stationed in schools.

First of all, we don't think that police officers should be routinely present in schools at all.…


A New U.N. Champion for Privacy

By Alex Sinha, Aryeh Neier Fellow, Human Rights Watch & ACLU at 4:08pm

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted today to establish a watchdog to monitor the state of privacy rights worldwide. That watchdog, called a special rapporteur, was created by a consensus vote of all members of the council. That’s very good news,…

Domestic Drones

Unchecked Government Drones? Not Over My Backyard

By Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU Legislative Counsel at 3:23pm

This piece originally appeared in The Hill's Congress Blog.

On Thursday, The Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon the green light to begin testing drones

While you aren’t likely to be getting your Amazon order delivered…

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Police Body Cameras: The Lessons of Albuquerque

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 11:25am

Police body-worn cameras are a subject about which many people have differing intuitions. Some activists tell us they worry we are mistaken in conditionally supporting the technology; that it will become a tool for increasingly police power, but not…

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Facebook Legacy: A Matter of Life and Death

By Karen J. Kiley, Clinical Fellow, Speech, Privacy, & Technology Project, ACLU at 12:34pm

Modern technology makes our lives more convenient, and our deaths more complicated. Today when we die we leave behind not just physical belongings but also a vast amount of electronic “belongings.” Photos are no longer printed in an album on a…

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We Need to Move Beyond the Frame of the “Bad Apple Cop”

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 6:27am

I and others have argued that video has “killed trust in police officers.” Police have been able to get away with a lot of abuse because judges, juries, and the public have usually deemed police officers more credible than abuse victims. But with…

CISA Isn't About Cybersecurity, It's About Surveillance

CISA Isn't About Cybersecurity, It's About Surveillance

By Rachel Nusbaum, Media Strategist, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:25am

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. But sometimes that's the easy part.

When it comes to cybersecurity, it seems everyone in Washington admits we have a problem. It's in the solutions phase where things really start to…

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Cell Phone Records Can Show Where You Sleep and Where You Pray

By Nathan Freed Wessler, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 10:29am

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has become the latest federal appeals court to consider the question of whether law enforcement needs a warrant before it obtains cell phone location data. We have (with allies) filed an amicus brief in this case,…

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Company Asks Cops to Keep Use of License Plate Trackers Secret

By Kade Crockford, Director, ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Project at 5:28pm

The NYPD may soon become the latest police department to begin paying private license plate tracking corporation Vigilant Solutions for access to the company’s nationwide location database, according to a report in the New York Daily News and documents…