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Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (11/30/2012)

Anna Salem,
ACLU of Northern California
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November 30, 2012

Senate panel strengthens e-mail, cloud privacy law [CNET – Declan McCullagh]
“A U.S. Senate panel this morning approved a landmark privacy bill that would curb law enforcement’s warrantless access to the contents of e-mail, private Facebook posts, and other data that Americans store in the cloud.”

Lawmakers: Lax FAA rules on drone surveillance will put privacy at risk [The Hill – Brendan Sasso]
“Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) slammed the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday for failing to ensure that domestic drones will not invade the privacy of Americans.”

App developers, privacy advocates work out suggestions for policy disclosure [Washington Post – Hayley Tsukayama]
“The App Developers Alliance (ADA), Consumer Action, World Privacy Forum and American Civil Liberties Union will present mock-ups of screens that offer quick-scan information on what data app developers collect and that who else has access to that data. The groups will present their proposal Friday in Washington at a National Telecommunications and Information Administration meeting on app privacy and transparency.”

Ninth Circuit Gives the A-OK For Warrantless Home Video Surveillance [Electronic Frontier Foundation – Hanni Fakhoury]
“Can law enforcement enter your house and use a secret video camera to record the intimate details inside? On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unfortunately answered that question with ‘yes.'”

Privacy groups call for Facebook changes U-turn [BBC]
“Two US privacy groups have asked Facebook to reconsider proposed changes to its terms of service that they say violate commitments to protect users.”

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