Online Privacy

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (3/23/2012)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (3/23/2012)

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 2:10pm
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.
Like Privacy? There's An App For That!

Like Privacy? There's An App For That!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:16pm

Today we've launched a Facebook app that assesses your privacy exposure based on your online habits and technology use.

Aww, an Anniversary Present for Us, How Nice!

Aww, an Anniversary Present for Us, How Nice!

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:01pm

This week, our federal online privacy law turns 25. The ACLU is hosting a blog series that will address some of the many reasons why the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) is in need of an upgrade! Spread the word using #UpdateECPA,…

ACLU Guide to New Facebook Privacy Controls

ACLU Guide to New Facebook Privacy Controls

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 11:30am

Today Facebook is rolling out a series of changes to its privacy controls. We reviewed the changes in detail on Tuesday; now here’s how you can take advantage of these changes:

Turn On “Profile Review” One of the biggest…

Movie Night With Your Favorite Privacy Advocates!

Movie Night With Your Favorite Privacy Advocates!

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 1:10pm

Looking for a Sunday evening activity? Look no further! Join the ACLU's Ben Wizner and other leading privacy advocates for an online screening of "Terms and Conditions May Apply," followed by an open discussion on Internet surveillance.

Thanks…

How NSA Overreach May Backfire Even On Agency’s Own Terms

How NSA Overreach May Backfire Even On Agency’s Own Terms

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 10:42am

Will the NSA’s sweeping surveillance programs ironically erode the agency’s ability to achieve the mission that it touts as its primary justification for those programs: stopping terrorist attacks? That’s the implication of a piece by the Washington…

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…

ACLU in POLITICO: Roll Back the Surveillance State

ACLU in POLITICO: Roll Back the Surveillance State

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:13pm

Because of the extraordinary revelations last week by the Guardian, Congress and the American people now know that the Patriot Act is being used by the National Security Agency to collect the phone records of all Americans, every day. There's no more debate about whether the government, and the military at that, is spying on us: only whether Congress is going to stop them.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows the government to obtain ‘any tangible thing' relevant to an investigation. According to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, this authority has been used to collect all phone records in the U.S., even those of law-abiding citizens who have no connection to crime or terrorism whatsoever. The administration and a few members of Congress have confirmed and defended this practice as necessary to protect national security.

But there's no reason to believe that the government's collection efforts stop there.

Read the rest of the piece at POLITICO: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/roll-back-the-surveillance-state-92550.html

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U.N. Human Rights Report Foreshadows Recent Surveillance Revelations

U.N. Human Rights Report Foreshadows Recent Surveillance Revelations

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 3:44pm

Revelations this week that the U.S. government has the ability to secretly tap into a wide range of Americans' online activities, including Skype video chats and Facebook communications, serve as an eerie reminder of the threat state surveillance poses…

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