ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with New Jersey-based Tarver Law Offices, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination extends to the digital age by prohibiting law enforcement from forcing individuals to disclose their phone and computer passcodes.

ACLU sues to find out how the FBI is breaking into encrypted devices

ACLU sues to find out how the FBI is breaking into encrypted devices

“The FBI is secretly breaking the encryption that secures our cell phones and laptops from identity thieves, hackers, and abusive governments, and it refuses to even acknowledge that it has information about these efforts — even though some details have been filed publicly in federal court.”.

ACLU sues Baltimore PD for lying about aerial mass surveillance program

ACLU sues Baltimore PD for lying about aerial mass surveillance program

Additionally, BPD claimed that the AIR program was only for tracking suspects to and from confirmed crime scenes and that the department lacked the ability to gather identifying information like license plate numbers from the surveillance.

EFF, ACLU File Lawsuit to Stop Los Angeles From Collecting Real-Time Tracking Data on Citizens’ Rental Scooters

EFF, ACLU File Lawsuit to Stop Los Angeles From Collecting Real-Time Tracking Data on Citizens’ Rental Scooters

Los Angeles—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today joined the ACLU of northern and southern California in filing a lawsuit against Los Angeles for collecting detailed trip data and real-time locations and routes of the electric scooters thousands of residents use each day.

ACLU sues facial recognition firm Clearview AI, calling it a ‘nightmare scenario’ for privacy

ACLU sues facial recognition firm Clearview AI, calling it a ‘nightmare scenario’ for privacy

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing controversial facial recognition firm Clearview AI for violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), alleging the company illegally collected and stored data on Illinois citizens without their knowledge or consent and then sold access to its technology to law enforcement and private companies.

ACLU warns contact tracing apps monitoring spread of COVID-19 could have 'significant' privacy risks

ACLU warns contact tracing apps monitoring spread of COVID-19 could have 'significant' privacy risks

While the ACLU doesn't expressly oppose apps that use data from people's phones to trace the spread of the virus, the organization says in its advisory that implementation will require a greater level of consent from users - especially when it comes to how their data is shared.

Israel to use ‘anti-terrorism’ tech to monitor infected citizens, as Netanyahu declares ‘war’ on coronavirus

Israel to use ‘anti-terrorism’ tech to monitor infected citizens, as Netanyahu declares ‘war’ on coronavirus

While touting measures to protect Israelis from the coronavirus, Netanyahu did not touch on what the Jewish state is planning to do to stop the spread of the disease in the Palestinian territories it occupies and effectively controls.“Not a single word about Israel’s actions to protect millions of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation,” ACLU Human Rights Program Director Jamil Dakwar tweeted.

ACLU Sues to End ICE’s Rigged Algorithm for Detaining Immigrants

ACLU Sues to End ICE’s Rigged Algorithm for Detaining Immigrants

The risk assessment algorithm is supposed to provide a recommendation to ICE officers who are then meant to make the final decision, but the agency’s New York Field Office diverged from the algorithm’s ruling less than 1 percent of the time since 2017.

ACLU sues Homeland Security over ‘stingray’ cell phone surveillance

ACLU sues Homeland Security over ‘stingray’ cell phone surveillance

One of the largest civil liberties groups in the U.S. is suing two Homeland Security agencies for failing to turn over documents it requested as part of a public records request about a controversial cell phone surveillance technology.

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Department of Justice in January, claiming the government wrongly refused to confirm or deny the existence of social media surveillance records in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. The ACLU claims multiple government agencies are ramping up efforts to monitor activity on online social networks, a surveillance tactic that “implicates the free speech of millions of social media users.”.

Federal court rules that the Fourth Amendment protects your laptops and smartphones from suspicionless searches at the border

Federal court rules that the Fourth Amendment protects your laptops and smartphones from suspicionless searches at the border

This court decision comes as a result of years of hard work by the ACLU, the ACLU of Massachusetts and the EFF on behalf of eleven international travelers who had been the recipient of suspicionless device searches when entering the United States.

ACLU sues to find out status of facial recognition mass surveillance in America

ACLU sues to find out status of facial recognition mass surveillance in America

One company that we know is working with the government on facial recognition software is none other than Amazon .For the last few years, Amazon has been piloting its Rekognition facial recognition software to schools and local law enforcement across the country.

Victory! EFF Wins Access to License Plate Reader Data to Study How Law Enforcement Uses the Privacy Invasive Technology

Victory! EFF Wins Access to License Plate Reader Data to Study How Law Enforcement Uses the Privacy Invasive Technology

San Francisco—Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) have reached an agreement with Los Angeles law enforcement agencies under which the police and sheriff’s departments will turn over license plate data they indiscriminately collected on millions of law-abiding drivers in Southern California.

Microsoft Slammed For Investment In Israeli Facial Recognition ‘Spying On Palestinians’

Microsoft Slammed For Investment In Israeli Facial Recognition ‘Spying On Palestinians’

Shankar Narayan, the director of the Technology and Liberty Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told Forbes that he’d held meetings with Microsoft in Seattle last year in which the tech giant appeared receptive to ideas on holding back the spread of facial recognition.

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Boston, Massachusetts—On Thursday, July 18, at 3:00 p.m., lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU will ask a federal judge to decide that the constitutional rights of 11 travelers were violated by the suspicionless, warrantless searches of their electronic devices at the border by the U.S. government.

Media Briefing Monday: EFF and Partners Will Discuss California Bills Aimed at Weakening State’s Consumer Privacy Law

Media Briefing Monday: EFF and Partners Will Discuss California Bills Aimed at Weakening State’s Consumer Privacy Law

San Francisco—On Monday, June 8, at 11 am, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the ACLU, Common Sense Media, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and Consumer Reports will hold a conference call to brief reporters about five bills designed to weaken consumer privacy protections that are set for hearing in the California Senate.

NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show

NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show

The National Security Agency (NSA) improperly collected records on American phone calls and texts last year, according to new documents obtained and released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).The error occurred between Oct. 3 and Oct. 12, the documents show, and had not been previously disclosed.

Facial Recognition Tech Tested By UK Police Was Wrong 96% Of The Time According To Big Brother Watch

Facial Recognition Tech Tested By UK Police Was Wrong 96% Of The Time According To Big Brother Watch

The technology currently has a lot of problems; Activist Post recently reported how Amazon’s own facial “Rekognition” software erroneously and hilariously identified 28 members of Congress as people who have been arrested for crimes according to the ACLU.

Judge: New Orleans must release crime camera locations

Judge: New Orleans must release crime camera locations

The ACLU of Louisiana and Southern Poverty Law Center went to court in February, after the city turned down a public defender's public records request for a map of all publicly visible real-time surveillance cameras.

Ex-Mozilla CTO: US border cops demanded I unlock my phone, laptop at SF airport – and I'm an American citizen

Ex-Mozilla CTO: US border cops demanded I unlock my phone, laptop at SF airport – and I'm an American citizen

"CBP's baseless detention and intrusive interrogation of Andreas Gal and the attempted search of his devices violated his Fourth Amendment rights," ACLU Northern California senior counsel William Freeman said of the complaint.

ACLU: Apple employee was illegally harassed by U.S. Customs over company devices

ACLU: Apple employee was illegally harassed by U.S. Customs over company devices

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California filed a complaint Tuesday on behalf of top Apple employee Andreas Gal, who says he was illegally harassed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials when he asked to speak to a lawyer before they could search his company devices.

A Bipartisan Coalition Says Congress Should Reform Surveillance Powers—And It’s Right

A Bipartisan Coalition Says Congress Should Reform Surveillance Powers—And It’s Right

That’s why the bipartisan coalition, which includes organizations ranging from the right-leaning FreedomWorks to the progressive legal advocacy group the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is arguing that the 2015 USA Freedom Act—meant to reform the bulk phone collection program authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act after Edward Snowden’s bombshell revelations of broad surveillance of Americans—hasn’t achieved its intended goals and has only allowed the abuse to continue.

Amazon's Rekognition software lets cops track faces: Here's what you need to know

Amazon's Rekognition software lets cops track faces: Here's what you need to know

Civil liberties groups such as the ACLU have already raised concerns about the speedy adoption of facial recognition tech among US law enforcement agencies and the potential for its abuse, particularly against immigrants and people of color.

Police are illegally giving personal location data to ICE, says ACLU

Police are illegally giving personal location data to ICE, says ACLU

Yet a trove of ICE documents obtained by the ACLU in a Freedom of Information lawsuit may show law enforcement agencies violating the provisions by handing license plate data over to the federal government.

ACLU Sues Federal Government Over Social Media Surveillance

ACLU Sues Federal Government Over Social Media Surveillance

“It’s clear from already public information that all of the agencies we’re targeting in our FOIA lawsuit engage in manual and automated surveillance of social media users and their speech, and it’s unacceptable for the government to withhold details about this domestic spying,” Cagle and Handeyside said.

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group has sued the U.S. government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans’ phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny expires next year.

ACLU sues US government to learn more about NSA call records program

ACLU sues US government to learn more about NSA call records program

The ACLU says in the lawsuit that it is concerned that the government hasn't acted on its request for additional information because the request “relates to sweeping surveillance activities that implicate core privacy and free speech rights of Americans,” the AP reported.

It’s Holiday Gift Time — Does Your Shiny New Gadget Come With Privacy Pitfalls?

It’s Holiday Gift Time — Does Your Shiny New Gadget Come With Privacy Pitfalls?

We like technology at the ACLU — but we also want everyone to have their eyes wide open when it comes to the privacy risks that can accompany the latest electronic gear, from smartwatches to internet-connected home appliances.

Cambridge City Council passes surveillance oversight ordinance in unanimous vote

Cambridge City Council passes surveillance oversight ordinance in unanimous vote

Last night, the Cambridge City Council unanimously voted to approve an ordinance requiring community control over police surveillance. The passage of the ordinance last night was the culmination of over two years of work by the ACLU, Cambridge residents, the City, and members of the City Council.

Secret Service to test facial recognition tech around White House

Secret Service to test facial recognition tech around White House

In its post, the ACLU said the test raises privacy concerns because people on the street may be captured by the pilot system and it's unclear how the Secret Service determines who is a "subject of interest."

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