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A New U.N. Champion for Privacy

By Alex Sinha, Aryeh Neier Fellow, Human Rights Watch & ACLU at 4:08pm
The U.N. Human Rights Council voted today to establish a watchdog to monitor the state of privacy rights worldwide. That watchdog, called a special rapporteur, was created by a consensus vote of all members of the council. That’s very good news, and it’s been a long time coming. As we noted recently, it’s been clear for a while that privacy has been one of the most widely violated rights not to have its own, dedicated rapporteur.
Five Ways to Keep Your Data Safe Right Now

Five Ways to Keep Your Data Safe Right Now

By Chris Soghoian, Principal Technologist and Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 3:57pm

This post was first published on TED.com.

There seems to be a new data breach in the news every week – a major company hacked, millions of usernames, passwords or credit card numbers stolen. There isn’t much that you, as an individual,…

Better Privacy Protections Are a Key to U.S. Foreign Policy Coherence

Better Privacy Protections Are a Key to U.S. Foreign Policy Coherence

By Alex Sinha, Aryeh Neier Fellow, Human Rights Watch & ACLU at 12:00am

For all its interest in promoting human rights around the world, you’d think the United States would be more sensitive to the ways its own surveillance policies undermine those very rights.

Over the last few years, U.S. officials say…

'Tech Can Be a Champion of Privacy,' Edward Snowden Tells Tech Leaders at SXSW

'Tech Can Be a Champion of Privacy,' Edward Snowden Tells Tech Leaders at SXSW

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 6:22pm
Edward Snowden had a message for some two dozen technology leaders at the SXSW Interactive festival today: “Tech can be a champion of privacy.”    In an hour-long meeting conducted through Google Hangout, the whistleblower and…
Q&A: Why is the Wikimedia Foundation suing the NSA?

Q&A: Why is the Wikimedia Foundation suing the NSA?

By Michelle Paulson, Senior Legal Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation at 4:50pm

This post was originally published on Wikimedia's blog.

Today the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that supports Wikipedia and its sister projects, is filing suit against the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice…

The NSA Has Taken Over the Internet Backbone. We're Suing to Get it Back.

The NSA Has Taken Over the Internet Backbone. We're Suing to Get it Back.

By Patrick C. Toomey, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 8:07am

Every time you email someone overseas, the NSA copies and searches your message. It makes no difference if you or the person you're communicating with has done anything wrong. If the NSA believes your message could contain information relating…

Privacy Might Be Getting an International Champion

Privacy Might Be Getting an International Champion

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 4:25pm

The U.N. Human Rights Council could take a big step this month toward protecting privacy rights around the world. At its current session, the HRC plans to vote on whether to appoint an independent expert on the right to privacy, called a "special rapporteur."

The…

Ignore the Drumbeat of Doom, the NSA’s Call Records Program Didn’t Stop a Single Terrorist Attack

Ignore the Drumbeat of Doom, the NSA’s Call Records Program Didn’t Stop a Single Terrorist Attack

By Rachel Nusbaum, Media Strategist, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:00am

Do you hear that? It's starting.

The predictable drumbeat of dire warnings about what will happen if portions of the Patriot Act – the post-9/11 law being used to conduct controversial NSA dragnet surveillance – are allowed to expire on…

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Company Asks Cops to Keep Use of License Plate Trackers Secret

By Kade Crockford, Director, ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Project at 5:28pm

The NYPD may soon become the latest police department to begin paying private license plate tracking corporation Vigilant Solutions for access to the company’s nationwide location database, according to a report in the New York Daily News and documents…

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Feds Refuse to Release Documents on “Zero-Day” Security Exploits

By Sonia Roubini, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project & Chris Soghoian, Principal Technologist and Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 1:09pm

Federal agencies served with a Freedom of Information Act request are refusing to release documents related to their purchase, use and disclosure of zero-day exploits, keeping the American public in the dark about a practice that leaves the Internet…

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