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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 of increased transparency about how often the government is accessing sensitive information about who we are, where we go, what we do and why.

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.

Amended Google Book Settlement: Doesn't Deal with Privacy Problems

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 2:14pm

(Originally posted on the ACLU of Northern California's Bytes & Pieces blog.)

The Amended Google Book Search Settlement, filed with the Court on Friday, November 13, does not resolve the privacy concerns.

The ACLU, along with EFF…

ACLU Submits Statement to House Judiciary Committee on Google Books

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 3:16pm

The ACLU submitted a statement to the House Judiciary Committee for yesterday's hearing on Google Book Search:

The failure of the Settlement to include protections for book records and limitations on data collection, retention, use, and disclosure…

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 Books Privacy Policy: Good Start, Much More Needed

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 8:15pm

Late yesterday afternoon, September 3, 2009, Google finally issued a privacy policy for Google Books, both the current service and the extensive new book-related services they hope to have a federal court approve in October.

While there are…

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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