Civil Liberties in the Digital Age

In the digital age that we live in today, we are constantly exposing our personal information online. From using cell phones and GPS devices to online shopping and sending e-mail, the things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of personal information. The ACLU believes that Americans shouldn’t have to choose between using new technology and keeping control of your private information. Each week, we feature some of the most interesting news related to technology and civil liberties that we’ve spotted from the previous week.
ACLU at DEFCON 20!

ACLU at DEFCON 20!

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:04pm
The ACLU will be out in force at DEFCON – one of the largest annual hacker conventions in the country – later this week and weekend! 
Will We Mold Ourselves To Match Our Data?

Will We Mold Ourselves To Match Our Data?

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 3:42pm

I recently came across a very nice essay on “The Stupidity of Computers” by David Auerbach, which is really much more interesting than that truism of a headline might suggest.

Auerbach starts with the observation that computers…

Friday links roundup

Friday links roundup

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 5:47pm

A roundup of some items that caught our eye recently, but we haven’t had a chance to write about.

San Francisco’s MUNI train system is installing new “intelligent” cameras that will track and monitor commuters, raising…

Sniffing Out Privacy Issues That May Be In Our future

Sniffing Out Privacy Issues That May Be In Our future

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 4:55pm

MIT’s Technology Review has an article today on research that is underway to make extremely sensitive and rapid molecular sensors—aka “artificial noses”—that are so thin they could even be integrated into paper or textiles.

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (5/11/2012)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (5/11/2012)

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 2:52pm

In the digital age that we live in today, we are constantly exposing our personal information online. From using cell phones and GPS devices to online shopping and sending e-mail, the things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of…

Librarians for Privacy

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 2:54pm

The American Library Association has created an excellent public education resource on the privacy issues facing our society – a web site called privacyrevolution.org.

The ALA has long been a staunch defender of privacy and free speech,…

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (4/13/2012)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (4/13/2012)

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 3:19pm

In the digital age that we live in today, we are constantly exposing our personal information online. From using cell phones and GPS devices to online shopping and sending e-mail, the things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of…

Big Data, George Orwell, and Tanks

Big Data, George Orwell, and Tanks

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 11:33am

I recently came across an interesting passage by George Orwell. It made me think about Big Data.

It is a commonplace that the history of civilization is largely the history of weapons. In particular, the connection between the discovery…

ACLU at DEF CON 21!

ACLU at DEF CON 21!

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 10:04am

It's DEF CON time! The preeminent hacker convention kicked off yesterday in Las Vegas, and a team of ACLU experts are there. If you're in town, come visit us in the vendor area, where we're on hand to chat about what has been a pretty eventful year…

Activists Leverage Stronger EU Privacy Laws to Seek More Information on PRISM

Activists Leverage Stronger EU Privacy Laws to Seek More Information on PRISM

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 3:03pm

A group of European activists yesterday filed complaints with European data protection authorities against Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo alleging that the companies are violating EU privacy law by cooperating with the NSA's PRISM…

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