Online Privacy

A Modest Proposal For Protecting Our Privacy

A Modest Proposal For Protecting Our Privacy

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 3:38pm
One of the biggest problems with protecting privacy in the United States is that, almost alone in the advanced-industrial world, we do not have an overarching privacy law that codifies the basic privacy principles that are accepted around the world as the gold standard for protecting this human right. 
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…

Declaration of Internet Freedom an Important Stake in the Ground

Declaration of Internet Freedom an Important Stake in the Ground

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 4:38pm

On the blog Above the Law, Elie Mystal has written a critique of the Declaration of Internet Freedom that the ACLU and many other parties have signed. (Mystal's piece was republished by Forbes).

Mystal’s critique is that the document…

More Transparency Needed For Government's Use of National Security Powers For Data Requests From Companies

More Transparency Needed For Government's Use of National Security Powers For Data Requests From Companies

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 2:27pm

Google's transparency report reveals that the U.S. government asked Google for data on its users 6,321 times during the second half of 2011—a 75% increase from two years ago.

Privacy Will Not Ruin the Free Internet

Privacy Will Not Ruin the Free Internet

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 9:28am

Tuesday I posted about the controversy over Do Not Track and the advertising industry’s objections to pro-privacy default settings. One thing I didn’t comment on was that the Interactive Advertising Bureau trotted out the usual argument…

Do Not Flack

Do Not Flack

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 12:10pm

Microsoft’s welcome announcement that it plans to leave a “Do Not Track” flag turned on by default for its users has been very revealing in a number of respects. It also risks distracting from more important…

ACLU Backs Up Twitter In Court Over Attempt to Defend Users’ Rights

ACLU Backs Up Twitter In Court Over Attempt to Defend Users’ Rights

By Aden Fine, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 2:52pm

We filed a friend-of-the-court brief today in New York state court in support of Twitter’s efforts to protect the constitutional rights of one of its users. As we posted earlier this month, Twitter took a great step to defend its users’…

The Government, Privacy, and Companies (The Ones We Pay and the Ones We Don’t)

The Government, Privacy, and Companies (The Ones We Pay and the Ones We Don’t)

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 5:18pm

Privacy researcher Chris Soghoian gave a very nice talk at TEDx recently on “Why Google Won’t Protect You From Big Brother.” He provides a cogent overview and some useful perspective on the relationship between companies and the government,…

Librarians for Privacy

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 2:54pm

The American Library Association has created an excellent public education resource on the privacy issues facing our society – a web site called privacyrevolution.org.

The ALA has long been a staunch defender of privacy and free speech,…

ACLU Guidance on Demands For Passwords To Protected Accounts

ACLU Guidance on Demands For Passwords To Protected Accounts

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 3:54pm

The Associated Press wrote a story a couple of weeks ago about job applicants being compelled to turn over the passwords to their social-networking accounts. This is an issue that the ACLU has worked on in a number of states, and it has stirred a lot…

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