Privacy Matters

Terror Tuesday’s drone landscape: Harbingers of the future

Two events this past week – one on the ground and one in the air – foreshadow the future we face living with drones.

The “peace convoy” organized by Imran Khan, the former international cricketer who leads Pakistan’s Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party, gives us a taste of what is bound to become ever more robust anti-drone protest movement.

"We're gonna go out there, and we're gonna violate some rights"

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FOIA processes increasingly managed by private companies

A Bloomberg investigation shows that the federal government is paying a military contractor facing allegations of torture to manage some public records work. 

UK Surveillance Commissioner: face recognition HD cameras could violate human rights law

United Kingdom police are getting ready to roll-out an upgrade to the country's advanced surveillance camera system, to include face recognition "capable of identifying and tracking a person's face from half a mile away," writes The Independent. 

It’s time to pull the plug on fusion centers!

For those of us at the ACLU of Massachusetts who have been paying close attention to fusion centers ever since Governor Mitt Romney unveiled the Commonwealth Fusion Center in May 2005, there are two major surprises in the 100-page US Senate report, Federal Support for and Involvement in State and Local Fusion Centers, that was released yesterday.

News you need to know, in case you missed it

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DOJ: We have "no privacy interest" in information showing where we are 24 hours a day

The Department of Justice yesterday defended a legal brief asserting that the government doesn’t need to get a warrant to track our physical locations via our cell phones because we have “no privacy interest” in that information.

Terror Tuesday: Dread of Drones

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California Governor Jerry Brown vetoes privacy legislation

Despite heroic organizing efforts by California ACLU affiliates and the EFF, among other organizations, Californians will not be able to breathe easier knowing that the police are required to get a warrant in order to track them through their electronics -- not this year, at least. That's because Democratic Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the location privacy bill on Sunday.

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