Privacy Matters

EVENT: The Olympics and Civil Liberties

This Sunday I'm giving a talk about surveillance and the Olympics. Details below. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Sunday, April 5, 11 AM

As the trial of the century comes to a close, we are left with few answers to nagging questions about the FBI and the Tsarnaevs

FBI officials release images of the Tsarnaev brothers to the public in a press conference at 5:30PM on Thursday, April 18, 2013, four days after the bombings. This screencap was introduced into evidence by the DOJ in US v. Tsarnaev.

Sex and abuse scandals in federal law enforcement revealed this week show importance of government transparency

It's been a very rough press week for federal entities tasked with keeping the American people safe. Here's what a little bit of sunshine on secretive government agencies revealed this week alone:

New Jersey becomes first state to require local approval for law enforcement acquisition of military equipment

Massachusetts should follow suit by passing bills allowing public input on transfers of military equipment to state and local police.

The brands and police are listening, and Twitter intends to help them

Soon you might find yourself shocked by how much companies and government agencies know about you, in close to real time.

FBI would rather shield its surveillance powers from judicial review than prosecute criminals

A non-disclosure agreement signed by the Erie County Sheriff's Office shows that the FBI would rather protect its power to use stingrays from public scrutiny and constitutional challenge than prosecute criminals.

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