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.
Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (5/4/2012)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (5/4/2012)

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 2:25pm
Wireless Carriers Who Aid Police Are Asked for Data [New York Times – Eric Lichtblau] “Representative Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, the co-chairman of the Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, said in a letter sent Wednesday to eight major wireless carriers that he was ‘deeply concerned' that routine tracking of cellphone use by law enforcement officials in many departments ‘may violate the privacy rights of Americans.'”
Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (4/27/2012)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (4/27/2012)

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 4:01pm

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…

The Political Effects of Conflating Separate Meanings of "Cybersecurity"

The Political Effects of Conflating Separate Meanings of "Cybersecurity"

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 12:25pm

Washington is in the midst of debating something called “cybersecurity.” But that term actually includes several very separate and distinct problems that call for very different solutions. Not only does conflating them confuse the issue…

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…

US Government Busy in Europe Defending Interests of Advertisers, Security Agencies, But Not Americans' Privacy

US Government Busy in Europe Defending Interests of Advertisers, Security Agencies, But Not Americans' Privacy

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 10:10am

My colleague Ben Wizner and I are in Brussels this week, partly to meet with European lawmakers and others about the new privacy regime that the EU is in the process of putting into place. Unlike the United States, Europe has a set of basic rules and…

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (11/2/2012)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (11/2/2012)

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 12:41pm

More Than 25% Of Android Apps Know Too Much About You [Dark Reading – Kelly Jackson Higgins]

“Some 26 percent of Android apps in Google Play can access personal data, such as contacts and email, and 42 percent, GPS location data…

Commercial Data Scores For Police, Auto Security, and Online Bots (Friday Links Roundup)

Commercial Data Scores For Police, Auto Security, and Online Bots (Friday Links Roundup)

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 3:17pm

One of the problems we have long had with some cities’ red light camera systems is the role of the private sector, which sometimes assumes inherently governmental functions such as deciding who gets a traffic ticket—as well as collecting…

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (9/28/2012

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (9/28/2012

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 2:51pm

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…

Lie Detection, Special Treatment at the Airport, and Recursive Cameras (Friday Links Roundup)

Lie Detection, Special Treatment at the Airport, and Recursive Cameras (Friday Links Roundup)

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 4:26pm

Salon has a nice piece on how research shows the difficulty of detecting lies—the impossibility, really—and how people consistently overestimate their ability to do so. And, how people consistently misidentify signs of stress (from a variety…

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (9/14/2012)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (9/14/2012)

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 2:48pm

 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…

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