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Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (3/9/2012)

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 5:26pm

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.

F.C.C. Reviews Need for Rules to Interrupt Wireless Service [New York Times]
“The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing whether rules are needed for when police and other government officials can intentionally interrupt cellphone and Internet service to protect public safety.”

ACLU sues Minnewaska schools in Facebook incidents [Minnesota Public Radio]
“The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court on behalf of a Minnewaska Area Schools student who was punished for negative comments she made on Facebook.”
            See Also Govt. agencies, colleges demand applicants' Facebook passwords [MSNBC]

Tell PayPal: Stop the Digital Book Bonfire [ACLU of Northern California]
Free speech isn't so free when booksellers have to choose between hosting legitimate content and earning a living. Unfortunately, PayPal is threatening to stop doing business with several online booksellers, significantly impacting their revenue in the process, unless the booksellers agree to stop providing content that is perfectly legal but violates PayPal's policy. Please join us and tell PayPal to stop throwing books on a digital bonfire.

Drones, Dogs and the Future of Privacy [Wired]
“Under a fresh mandate from Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration will begin to relax its restrictions around the domestic use of 'unmanned aerial systems,' leading to greater use of drones by public agencies and, eventually, the private sector.”

FTC Will Host Public Workshop to Explore Advertising Disclosures in Online and Mobile Media on May 30, 2012 [FTC]
“The Federal Trade Commission will host a day-long public workshop to consider the need for new guidance for online advertisers about making disclosures required under FTC law.”

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