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New Technology Renews Old Fears of Manipulation and Control

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 1:18pm
In the first half of the 20th century, Americans gained a new awareness of the malleability and manipulability of the human mind, and the result was a wave of concern over “propaganda” and other techniques of influence. Today we may be seeing a new wave of similar fears as we begin to wonder whether the ways we use and rely upon technology today are making us susceptible to new, dangerous forms of manipulation.
Guantanamo's New Purgatory

Guantanamo's New Purgatory

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:39pm

Muhammad Murdi Issa Al-Zahrani sat at the center of the conference room table, his foot shackled to the floor...

Many Deported as "Recent Border Crossers" Are Neither Recent Nor Anywhere Near the Border, Nor Crossing It

Many Deported as "Recent Border Crossers" Are Neither Recent Nor Anywhere Near the Border, Nor Crossing It

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:32pm

This piece originally ran on MSNBC.com.

In an attempt to convince the public that its enforcement of immigration laws is fair and compassionate, the Department of Homeland Security emphasizes its supposedly careful targeting of "recent border…

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Location Apps Sharing Data With Governments

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 12:00pm

(Update: correction below)

Forbes reported last week that the crowdsourced mapping location service Waze is beginning to share bulk location data with government bodies—with Rio de Janeiro since 2013, and soon with the state of Florida. The…

An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took a Picture of This

An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took a Picture of This

By James Prigoff at 10:08am

This is a statement from one of the plaintiffs speaking at Thursday's press conference announcing the ACLU's lawsuit challenging the government's controversial Suspicious Activity Reporting program.

Good morning. My name is James Prigoff. I…

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Big Data and Big Money

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 8:42am

Out for a run the other day along a stretch on a busy road, I saw a "for sale" sign on a house. That got me to wondering about the downsides of living on a busy road, and further wondering: do people who live on busy roads stay in their houses for…

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Radar Speed Signs, Machine Monitoring, and Chilling Effects

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 12:54pm

I’ve always found radar speed signs to be interesting indicators of our relationship with technology, and I think how we relate to these signs can tell us something about privacy and technology.

I’m talking about the signs that tell you…

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Drones, Accidents, and Secrecy

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 1:35pm

The Washington Post recently ran some amazing articles on the safety record of drones. The three-part series focuses on the more than 400 large U.S. military drones that have crashed overseas, domestic U.S. crashes of military drones inside and outside…

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Interactive Map: Privacy in the States on Four Key Issues

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 10:50am

In the last few years, we’ve seen an unprecedented number of privacy battles being waged in state legislatures. Today we’re launching an interactive web map that shows the privacy laws in place across the country on four of those issues:

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Beware the Dangers of Congress’ Latest Cybersecurity Bill

Beware the Dangers of Congress’ Latest Cybersecurity Bill

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:52pm

A new cybersecurity bill poses serious threats to our privacy, gives the government extraordinary powers to silence potential whistleblowers, and exempts these dangerous new powers from transparency laws.

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing…