Privacy Matters

Just say no: Surveillance cameras are ineffective, expensive, and violate our rights

Tomorrow, the Cambridge government will hold a public meeting to discuss the future of video surveillance in the city. The stakes are high, and the meeting could be a turning point for privacy rights in Massachusetts. 

Surveillance, security, and secret evidence: “Working it Backwards to Make it Clean”

This guest post was written by ACLU of Massachusetts legal fellow Nashwa Gewaily

In the name of security, the police state justifies its arbitrary oppressions on evidence that is secret, because security might be prejudiced if it were brought to light in hearings.

FBI tells local police 9/11 Truthers may be terrorists

NYPD attacks CUNY students protesting General David Petraeus

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Drone spotted at Downtown Crossing in Boston

Yesterday someone snapped a Vine video of a drone hovering around Downtown Crossing, near the Filene's building construction site. 

Whose drone is that?

Justice Department official sets out to kill 'USA Today' story by claiming that it is a non-story

Something very fishy happened this week. The Justice Department tried to get a USA Today reporter to drop a story that would embarrass the government, and when he wouldn’t, gave the reporter a quote implying that the story is a non-story. The tl;dr is: There’s nothing to see here, but we’d really prefer it if you didn’t publish it!

What happened, exactly?

On photography, suspicious activity, and how surveillance stifles creative expression

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Surveillance company markets Twitter tool enabling "invisible and covert" monitoring

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Surveillance corporation BrightPlanet, which sells deep packet inspection technology to spy and law enforcement agencies and private businesses, is marketing a new product aimed at helping its customers make sense of the torrential data flow that courses through Twitter every day. 

Surveillance on the Northern Border: the rapidly advancing surveillance state

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