Privacy Matters

EVENT: Power Wars: Surveillance, Drones and Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency

When: Friday, Dec 4, 15 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Where: MIT, Stata Center Room 32-155 | 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

"Never again?" Not so much.

Donald Trump has gained support in the polls since the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. In a recent interview with Yahoo news, Trump mused about taking targeted state action against Muslims in the United States.

Massachusetts state senate unanimously votes in support of student and employee privacy

Yesterday the Massachusetts state senate voted unanimously in support of legislation that would bar employers and schools from demanding access to private employee or student social media accounts.

Paris attackers did not use encryption, according to reports

Even before the victims of the Paris attacks had been moved from the scene or their bodies identified, members of the US national security state began speculating that encryption was likely part of the reason the terrorists were able to plot and execute their deadly mission without getting caught. Former CIA director Mike Morrell was one of the many people who advanced this theory.

Freedom over fear: the best writing on Paris and civil liberties

Here's what I'm reading on Paris and the aftermath.

Stephen Walt, "Don't Give ISIS What It Wants":

CIA director blames privacy advocates for Paris terrorist attacks


If you can't afford bail, you may not be able to afford a private conversation with your lawyer, either

Records and recordings of prisoners' phone calls hacked from a private company's servers and leaked to the Intercept reveal prisons and jails are recording the content of attorney-client privileged conversations.

The scale of the hack, and of the company's monitoring of prisoner phone calls, is astonishing.

Do cops need a warrant to track your phone in your state?

The ACLU has produced a detailed map laying out the complex patchwork of existing state law on cell phone tracking. Check it out.

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