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Hurray for Google Transparency, Now Where is Everyone Else?

Hurray for Google Transparency, Now Where is Everyone Else?

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:16pm
Google released its latest transparency report today. They’ve made some interesting additions and the overall number of government requests is on the rise. But before we get to that, there is one major overriding point: good for Google and where is everybody else? The only other major company to release these types of numbers is Twitter. Where are Verizon and Facebook and Microsoft? How about AT&T, Amazon or Comcast? I could make this list endless but the major salient fact is that Google has paved the way (this is their 7th report) and there hasn’t exactly been a stampede to follow suit.
Thoughts on British Airways and Enterprise Amnesia

Thoughts on British Airways and Enterprise Amnesia

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 3:18pm

British Airways made headlines in Britain last week with reports that it is planning to do internet searches on customers in order to provide them with a “personal touch.” As a BA spokesperson explained,

We’re essentially…

Legal Responsibility As Computers Get More Unpredictable

Legal Responsibility As Computers Get More Unpredictable

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 4:40pm

There has been some discussion lately of whether the output of computer algorithms should be considered protected free speech, as Tim Wu discussed in an op-ed and my colleague Gabe Rottman addressed in a blog post in response.

As Gabe mentioned,…

Kicking off "Stop Cyber Spying Week"

Kicking off "Stop Cyber Spying Week"

By Mandy Simon at 12:00pm

Today we're launching a weeklong campaign called "Stop Cyber Spying Week" to draw attention to the massive civil liberties problems in H.R. 3523, better known as CISPA.

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (3/16/2012)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (3/16/2012)

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 3:24pm

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…

Google's Transparency Tool Exposes Government Demands for Personal Information

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:38pm

Google released its new transparency report this week, revealing that U.S. government demands for the personal information of Google's users, like chat records or emails, continue to rise. The report serves to emphasize the heightened importance…

Judge Cites Privacy Concerns in Rejecting Google Books Settlement

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 10:52am

What you read says a lot about what you think and believe. That’s why the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the Samuelson Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, filed an objection to the proposed Google Book…

Tell Google Not to Enter Into an Agreement With the NSA

Tell Google Not to Enter Into an Agreement With the NSA

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:57pm

Yesterday, The Washington Post reported that Google — the world’s largest Internet search company — is negotiating an information-sharing agreement with the National Security Agency (NSA) — the world’s largest network for routine, mass communications surveillance.

Please Join Authors, ACLU in Opposing Google Book Search Deal

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 4:25pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

A coalition of authors and publishers, represented by the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California Berkeley School…

Google: Don't Close the Book on Reader Privacy

The ACLU of Northern California, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at Berkeley Law School sent a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt (PDF) today. It was about books. Why books?

Google is planning to dramatically expand its book service, Google Book Search. The good news is that millions of books will be available for browsing, reading, and purchasing online. But the bad news is that Google is leaving reader privacy behind.

What you choose to read says a lot about who you are, what you value, and what you believe. You should be able to read about politics, health, or anything else without worrying that someone is looking over your shoulder. That’s why the ACLU has fought alongside libraries and bookstores time and again to defend the privacy of readers. Now we need your help to protect reader privacy into the digital era.

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