Privacy Matters

NY state cops spent over half a million dollars on stingrays but don't have a privacy policy

According to documents obtained through a NYCLU lawsuit, the New York State Police have spent over half a million dollars on cell phone snooping technology but don't have a single policy on hand to dictate its use.

Google CEO worries that we might be too concerned about internet privacy

Did you hear Google CEO Larry Page's TED interview with Charlie Rose? If you missed it, you missed him say this about internet privacy:

Want to know about US trade policy negotiations that will directly impact your life? Sorry, they're classified

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Vegan school teacher fired from job for criticizing dairy farm practices on personal Facebook account

Allow me to jump in the time machine for a moment to discuss an outrageous story I missed in December 2014, which highlights the need for laws protecting employee privacy on social networks.

FBI admits it helped Baltimore police with aerial surveillance

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the FBI has acknowledged it provided spy planes to the BPD to monitor people on the ground in the wake of protests and rebellion after the police killed unarmed black man Freddie Gray.

MIT and Harvard worked with NSA on SKYNET project

Librarians versus the NSA

The Nation magazine has a cover story about the Library Freedom Project, which we work closely with.

Alison Macrina had bad news for the 30 or so librarians in the darkened auditorium on a recent Friday. “Your password is bad,” she informed them. “I’m really sorry. Everything you’ve learned about passwords is wrong. It’s not your fault.”

Federal court finds dragnet surveillance program violates the law

A three judge panel of the second circuit court of appeals has ruled that the NSA/FBI dragnet metadata surveillance program violates the law. While the court punted on a constitutional finding, it ruled that the spying exceeds the authority granted by Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which is scheduled to expire on June 1.

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