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The Coming Power Struggles Over the "Internet of Things"

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 11:01am
When I stick a movie into my DVD player and try to fast-forward through some of the annoying preliminaries that are at the front of the disc, I get an error message:
Over 100 People Were Killed by Police in March. Have Police Gotten the Post-Ferguson Memo Yet?

Over 100 People Were Killed by Police in March. Have Police Gotten the Post-Ferguson Memo Yet?

By Kanya Bennett, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:19am

Here’s a statistic for you: It's been 31 days since the release of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, but the number of fatal police encounters is already over 100 and counting. That’s an average of more than three…

Calling All Bookworms: What Do YOU Have to Hide?

Calling All Bookworms: What Do YOU Have to Hide?

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 10:10am

There’s something really liberating about having some corner of your life that’s yours, that no one gets to see except you. It’s a little like nudity or taking a dump. Everyone gets naked every once in a while. Everyone has to squat on the…

Why ‘The Nation’ Is Suing the Federal Government

Why ‘The Nation’ Is Suing the Federal Government

This post originally appeared as an editorial at The Nation.

One of the most disturbing revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden is that the National Security Agency copies and searches the contents of virtually every text-based Internet…

Turning Transgender 'Visibility' into Meaningful Change for Transgender People

Turning Transgender 'Visibility' into Meaningful Change for Transgender People

By Carl Charles, Skadden Fellow, ACLU LGBT Project at 5:36pm

Today is the Transgender Day of Visibility, which is a moment to take stock of what “visibility” actually means in the day-to-day lives of transgender people around the world. As we become more visible in society, what is also visible is how much…

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Body Cameras on Police in Schools

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 2:04pm

We’re starting to get questions about the use of body cameras by “school resource officers,” a.k.a. police officers stationed in schools.

First of all, we don't think that police officers should be routinely present in schools at all.…

The 'wHOLE'  Truth Behind Solitary Confinement

The 'wHOLE' Truth Behind Solitary Confinement

On any given day in America there are 80,000 people in solitary settings, not counting youth in juvenile facilities and people in jails.

With no evidence-based research of its effectiveness, solitary confinement is a form of imprisonment that…

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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,…

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Half a Century Later, Mad Men's Peggy Olson Is Still Waiting for Paycheck Fairness

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:14pm

Despite the popularity of the show “Mad Men,” we are no longer living in the 1960s, but the current gender wage gap doesn’t reflect that. Ongoing wage inequity should be a thing that’s in the past.

The persistent pay gap exists, despite…

Supreme Court Delivers Fairness to Pregnant Workers in UPS Case

Supreme Court Delivers Fairness to Pregnant Workers in UPS Case

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 8:28pm

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an important ruling for pregnant workers in the case of Peggy Young, a UPS delivery driver who was forced on to unpaid leave after she became pregnant and was advised by her doctor not to lift more than 20 pounds. The…