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Revealing New Truths About Our Nation's Schools
Date CapturedTuesday March 06 2012, 5:54 PM
CRDC makes public long-hidden data about which students are suspended, expelled, and arrested in school.
Review: Federal program used to hide flights from public
Date CapturedTuesday April 13 2010, 8:22 PM
USA Today -- By Michael Grabell and Sebastian Jones, ProPublica - [Use of the airspace is considered public information because taxpayers fund air-traffic controllers, radars and runways. "It belongs to all of us," said Chuck Collins, who has studied private jet travel at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank. "It's not a private preserve." NBAA spokesman Dan Hubbard said privacy is important to business fliers because competitors can learn of potential deals by tracking planes, and that could affect stock prices. "There are certain circumstances where there is a security concern," he said. In 2000, Congress required websites to stop posting flights of certain planes at the FAA's request. The FAA later agreed to let the aviation group be the clearinghouse. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the agency lacks resources to evaluate whether requests to keep flights secret are justified, so the agency lets the NBAA decide each month the flights kept from public view.]
Coalition pushes ECPA update for online privacy in cloud computing age
Date CapturedWednesday March 31 2010, 4:46 PM
[A powerful collection of organizations has formed a new coalition to push for an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Members of the coalition include Google, Microsoft, AT&T, AOL, Intel, the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The guidance from the coalition would enshrine principles for “digital due process,” online privacy and data protection in the age of cloud computing within an updated ECPA.]
Digital Due Process
Date CapturedWednesday March 31 2010, 4:23 PM
[A powerful collection of organizations has formed a new coalition to push for an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Members of the coalition include Google, Microsoft, AT&T, AOL, Intel, the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The guidance from the coalition would enshrine principles for “digital due process,” online privacy and data protection in the age of cloud computing within an updated ECPA.]
SmartPrivacy for the Smart Grid: Embedding Privacy into the Design of Electricity Conservation
Date CapturedFriday February 19 2010, 3:47 PM
Authors Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf -- Co-Chair, Future of Privacy Forum conclude - [The information collected on a Smart Grid will form a library of personal information, the mishandling of which could be highly invasive of consumer privacy. There will be major concerns if consumer-focused principles of transparency and control are not treated as essential design principles from beginning to end. Once energy consumption information flows outside of the home, the following questions may come to the minds of consumers: Who will have access to this intimate data, and for what purposes? Will I be notified? What are the obligations of companies making smart appliances and Smart Grid systems to build in privacy? How will I be able to control the details of my daily life in the future? Organizations involved with the Smart Grid, responsible for the processing of customers’ personal information, must be able to respond to these questions, and the best response is to ensure that privacy is embedded into the design of the Smart Grid, from start to finish —end-to-end.]
Secretary Napolitano Outlines Five Recommendations To Enhance Aviation Security
Date CapturedThursday January 07 2010, 7:53 PM
Secretary Napolitano outlined the following five recommendations: Re-evaluate and modify the criteria and process used to create terrorist watch lists—including adjusting the process by which names are added to the “No-Fly” and “Selectee” lists. Establish a partnership on aviation security between DHS and the Department of Energy and its National Laboratories in order to develop new and more effective technologies to deter and disrupt known threats and proactively anticipate and protect against new ways by which terrorists could seek to board an aircraft. Accelerate deployment of advanced imaging technology to provide greater explosives detection capabilities—and encourage foreign aviation security authorities to do the same—in order to identify materials such as those used in the attempted Dec. 25 attack. The Transportation Security Administration currently has 40 machines deployed throughout the United States, and plans to deploy at least 300 additional units in 2010. Strengthen the presence and capacity of aviation law enforcement—by deploying law enforcement officers from across DHS to serve as Federal Air Marshals to increase security aboard U.S.-bound flights. Work with international partners to strengthen international security measures and standards for aviation security.
Undercover and Sensitive Operations Unit Attorney General's Guidelines on FBI Undercover Operations Revised 11/13/92
Date CapturedSaturday December 26 2009, 9:04 PM
[The following Guidelines on the use of undercover activities and operations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are issued under the authority of the Attorney General provided in Title 28, United States Code, Sections 509, 510, and 533. They apply to all investigations conducted by the FBI, except those conducted pursuant to its foreign counterintelligence and foreign intelligence responsibilities.]
The Smart Grid and Privacy
Date CapturedWednesday December 16 2009, 9:01 PM
EPIC Concerning Privacy and Smart Grid Technology - [A list of potential privacy consequences of Smart Grid systems include: Identity Theft; Determine Personal Behavior Patterns; Determine Specific Appliances Used; Perform Real-Time Surveillance; Reveal Activities Through Residual Data; Targeted Home Invasions (latch key children, elderly, etc.); Provide Accidental Invasions; Activity Censorship; Decisions and Actions Based Upon Inaccurate Data; Profiling; Unwanted Publicity and Embarrassment; Tracking Behavior Of Renters/Leasers; Behavior Tracking (possible combination with Personal Behavior Patterns); Public Aggregated Searches Revealing Individual Behavior. Plans are underway to support smart grid system applications that will monitor any device transmitting a signal, which may include non-energy-consuming end use items that are only fitted with small radio frequency identification devices (RFID) tags may be possible. RFID tags are included in most retail purchases for clothing, household items, packaging for food, and retail items.
Refocusing the FTC’s Role in Privacy Protection
Date CapturedTuesday November 10 2009, 3:33 PM
Center for Technology in Government (CDT) Policy Post 15.17, November 10, 2009. [ A Briefing On Public Policy Issues Affecting Civil Liberties Online from The Center For Democracy and Technology Refocusing the FTC’s Role in Privacy Protection 1) CDT Submits Comments in regards to the FTC Consumer Privacy Roundtable 2) The Significance of a Comprehensive Set of Fair Information Practice Principles 3) Examining FIPs at Work: Recent FTC Enforcement Actions Demonstrate a Path Forward 4) CDT Recommendations for Future FTC Action
Bill Introduced To Repeal Failed Real ID Act (7/31/2009) Bill Would Protect Civil Liberties And Drivers' License Security
Date CapturedSunday August 09 2009, 5:13 PM
WASHINGTON – In a welcome move today, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to repeal the discredited Real ID Act of 2005. The REAL ID Repeal and Identification Security Enhancement Act of 2009, introduced by Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN), would repeal Real ID and replace it with the original negotiated rulemaking process passed by Congress as part of the 9/11 Commission recommendations. Twenty-five states have already rejected Real ID, citing its high cost, invasiveness and the bureaucratic hassles it creates for citizens. The Real ID Act of 2005 directs states to issue a federally-approved driver's license or other form of ID that would be necessary for airline travel and become part of a national database. Like state governments from coast to coast, the American Civil Liberties Union has long opposed the Act as too invasive, too much red tape and too expensive.
Browser Privacy Features: A Work In Progress
Date CapturedSunday August 09 2009, 3:39 PM
CDT Releases Updated Report on Privacy Controls for Web Browsers. The report compares browser offerings in three key areas: privacy mode, cookie controls and object controls. Each of those, when used correctly, can greatly reduce the amount of personal information users transmit online. August 05, 2009
Senate Resolution Pushes for Public Release of CRS Reports
Date CapturedFriday May 08 2009, 7:11 PM
[A Briefing On Public Policy Issues Affecting Civil Liberties Online from The Center For Democracy and Technology Senate Resolution Pushes for Public Release of CRS Reports 1) Senators Introduce Resolution to Make Congressional Research Public 2) Public Access to CRS Reports Limited by CRS Policies 3) Senate Resolution 118 Improves on Previous Resolution]
Facebook Makes Another Privacy Blooper
Date CapturedThursday May 07 2009, 6:58 PM
Daily Examiner -- Wendy Davis - [Regardless of whether Facebook broke the law, users likely aren't going to be thrilled to learn that the site believes it can censor messages. If the company wants to be taken seriously as a communications platform, executives are going to have to start giving more consideration to users' privacy rights. ]
F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases
Date CapturedSunday April 19 2009, 5:40 PM
NY Times By SOLOMON MOORE -- Published: April 18, 2009 -- [Minors are required to provide DNA samples in 35 states upon conviction, and in some states upon arrest. Three juvenile suspects in November filed the only current constitutional challenge against taking DNA at the time of arrest. The judge temporarily stopped DNA collection from the three youths, and the case is continuing. Sixteen states now take DNA from some who have been found guilty of misdemeanors. As more police agencies take DNA for a greater variety of lesser and suspected crimes, civil rights advocates say the government’s power is becoming too broadly applied. “What we object to — and what the Constitution prohibits — is the indiscriminate taking of DNA for things like writing an insufficient funds check, shoplifting, drug convictions,” said Michael Risher, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union.]
Report Is Said To Criticize On-Campus Recruitment
Date CapturedThursday March 12 2009, 3:10 PM
September 6, 2007 -- NY SUN -- ALEXANDER BRITELL -- [A report by a civil liberties group and the president of Manhattan, Scott Stringer, will criticize military recruitment tactics at some city school campuses. A source familiar with the findings of the report, which is drawn from the survey responses of nearly 1,000 students, said it alleges that military recruiters have been given too much access to public school classrooms, and that the city's Department of Education has not adequately informed students about their right to remove their names from recruiting lists.]
REPORT: Privacy in the Clouds: Risks to Privacy and Confidentiality from Cloud Computing
Date CapturedWednesday February 25 2009, 3:59 PM
Released February 23, 2009 - Author: Robert Gellman: [This report discusses the issue of cloud computing and outlines its implications for the privacy of personal information as well as its implications for the confidentiality of business and governmental information. The report finds that for some information and for some business users, sharing may be illegal, may be limited in some ways, or may affect the status or protections of the information shared. The report discusses how even when no laws or obligations block the ability of a user to disclose information to a cloud provider, disclosure may still not be free of consequences. The report finds that information stored by a business or an individual with a third party may have fewer or weaker privacy or other protections than information in the possession of the creator of the information. The report, in its analysis and discussion of relevant laws, finds that both government agencies and private litigants may be able to obtain information from a third party more easily than from the creator of the information. A cloud provider’s terms of service, privacy policy, and location may significantly affect a user’s privacy and confidentiality interests.] see policy recommendations in full report.
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Date CapturedWednesday February 25 2009, 3:27 PM
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. EPIC publishes an award-winning e-mail and online newsletter on civil liberties in the information age – the EPIC Alert. EPIC also publishes reports and even books about privacy, open government, free speech, and other important topics related to civil liberties.
Testimony of Secretary Janet Napolitano before the House Committee on Homeland Security on DHS, The Path Forward
Date CapturedWednesday February 25 2009, 3:13 PM
Release Date: February 25, 2009 - The Committee’s platform items: [Improving the governance, functionality, and accountability of the Department of Homeland Security; enhancing security for all modes of transportation; strengthening our Nation: response, resilience, and recovery; shielding the Nation’s critical infrastructure from attacks; securing the homeland and preserving privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties; connecting the dots: intelligence, information sharing, and interoperability; implementing common-sense border and port security; and inspiring minds and developing technology – the future of homeland security. ]
Federal departments fall short on civil liberties
Date CapturedTuesday January 27 2009, 10:14 AM
By Peter Eisler, USA TODAY - [WASHINGTON — The departments of Defense, State, and Health and Human Services have not met legal requirements meant to protect Americans' civil liberties, and a board that's supposed to enforce the mandates has been dormant since 2007, according to federal records. All three departments have failed to comply with a 2007 law directing them to appoint civil liberties protection officers and report regularly to Congress on the safeguards they use to make sure their programs don't undermine the public's rights and privacy, a USA TODAY review of congressional filings shows.]
Privacy Issue Complicates Push to Link Medical Data
Date CapturedSunday January 18 2009, 5:39 PM
NY Times By ROBERT PEAR [“Until people are more confident about the security of electronic medical records,” Mr. Whitehouse said, “it’s vitally important that we err on the side of privacy.” The data in medical records has great potential commercial value. Several companies, for example, buy and sell huge amounts of data on the prescribing habits of doctors, and the information has proved invaluable to pharmaceutical sales representatives. “Health I.T. without privacy is an excellent way for companies to establish a gold mine of information that can be used to increase profits, promote expensive drugs, cherry-pick patients who are cheaper to insure and market directly to consumers,” said Dr. Deborah C. Peel, coordinator of the Coalition for Patient Privacy, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union among its members.]
HB 38 - Microchip Consent Act of 2009
Date CapturedMonday January 12 2009, 7:29 PM
To amend Chapter 1 of Title 51 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions regarding torts, so as to prohibit requiring a person to be implanted with a microchip; to provide for a short title; to provide for definitions; to provide for penalties; to provide for regulation by the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
Date CapturedSunday December 28 2008, 3:21 PM
Cryptography blog and links to research. University of Pennsylvania. Matt bio excerpt [I coined the term, and am one of the inventors of, Trust Management, which provides the abstract layer in which a system decides whether to allow some potentially dangerous action. This work has led to two trust management languages, KeyNote and PolicyMaker, that provide tools for specifying policy, delegating authority, and controlling access. In addition to providing a useful framework for studying and proving security properties of distributed systems, our tools have been used to build powerful policy control mechanisms into several important applications, including the OpenBSD IPSEC implementation.]
U.S. set to expand DNA collections
Date CapturedMonday December 22 2008, 4:06 PM
Washington Times Tom Ramstack writes [The government is expanding collection of DNA samples beginning Jan. 9 to include anyone arrested on federal charges and many immigrants detained by the Homeland Security Department. Previously, DNA was collected only from people convicted of crimes. Civil rights advocates are up in arms. They say DNA sampling before conviction is another example of big government trampling the privacy of individuals.]
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Date CapturedTuesday December 16 2008, 6:16 PM
EFF is a leading civil liberties group defending rights in the digital world.
Minnesota Department of Health Continues to Violate State Law and Individual Privacy
Date CapturedSaturday December 13 2008, 4:29 PM
St. Paul/Minneapolis – Concerned parents and the Citizens’ Council on Health Care (CCHC) called on Governor Tim Pawlenty to require his Commissioner of Health to cease and desist the warehousing of newborn blood and baby DNA without informed, written parent consent.
Privacy Lives
Date CapturedFriday December 12 2008, 6:15 PM
Melissa Ngo -- more than a blog -- lots of policy and topic specific archives.
Privacy International
Date CapturedSaturday December 06 2008, 5:23 PM
Privacy International (PI) is a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations. PI is based in London, England, and has an office in Washington, D.C. We have campaigned across the world to protect people against intrusion by governments and corporations that seek to erode this fragile right. We believe that privacy forms part of the bedrock of freedoms, and our goal has always been to use every means to preserve it.
Eric Holder and Privacy: A Preliminary Analysis
Date CapturedFriday December 05 2008, 8:51 PM
Report: Feds need better privacy protection for data
Date CapturedWednesday June 18 2008, 5:04 PM
USA reports, "Much of the way personal information is handled today, including being sifted through data-mining systems that search for patterns, is not covered by the Privacy Act of 1974, she says. As states begin collecting information in coming years to produce new secure drivers' licenses, government databases will get even larger. 'The government has no business collecting our personal information if it cannot ensure the American public it will be protected from identity thieves and other prying eyes,' says Caroline Fredrickson of the American Civil Liberties Union."
Rhode Island School District to Begin Microchipping Students
Date CapturedTuesday June 17 2008, 4:32 PM
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has criticized the plan as an invasion of children's privacy and a potential risk to their safety.
Data Mining and the Security-Liberty Debate
Date CapturedMonday June 02 2008, 4:57 PM
By Daniel Solove. "Countless discussions about the trade-offs between security and liberty begin by taking a security proposal and then weighing it against what it would cost our civil liberties. Often, the liberty interests are cast as individual rights and balanced against the security interests, which are cast in terms of the safety of society as a whole. Courts and commentators defer to the government's assertions about the effectiveness of the security interest. In the context of data mining, the liberty interest is limited by narrow understandings of privacy that neglect to account for many privacy problems. As a result, the balancing concludes with a victory in favor of the security interest. But as I argue, important dimensions of data mining's security benefits require more scrutiny, and the privacy concerns are significantly greater than currently acknowledged. These problems have undermined the balancing process and skewed the results toward the security side of the scale."
The Center for Democracy and Technology
Date CapturedMonday June 02 2008, 3:34 PM
The Center for Democracy and Technology is a non-profit public interest organization working to keep the Internet open, innovative, and free. As a civil liberties group with expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT works to enhance free expression and privacy in communications technologies by finding practical and innovative solutions to public policy challenges while protecting civil liberties. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Date CapturedSunday June 01 2008, 5:31 PM
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.
Illinois schools install cameras despite privacy issues
Date CapturedWednesday July 25 2007, 9:51 AM
Daily Herald reports, "District 128 officials don’t have a formal policy regulating when the DVDs should be destroyed, Todoric said. Administrators declined to say how often discs are destroyed, citing security concerns. U.S. courts have upheld schools’ right to install cameras where students or employees don’t have an expectation of privacy, such as public hallways, said Ed Yohnka, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. It’s sensible for schools with security concerns to think cameras are a potential solution, he said. But the increased surveillance might affect how students feel about their schools, Yohnka said. For example, students might be reluctant to visit teachers to talk about problems if they feel they’re being monitored, he said."
ACLU Urges Rhode Island Supreme Court to Review Truancy Courts
Date CapturedThursday May 03 2007, 9:32 AM
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today asked the state Supreme Court to review a case that raises fundamental questions about the procedures used by so-called “truancy courts” that prosecute students who are absent from school. The ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case arguing that essential due process safeguards are absent from the operation of these courts, which have become increasingly prevalent in public schools across the state. “The ACLU is very concerned about the increasing numbers of parents and children pulled into the truancy court system,” said Amy Tabor, an ACLU cooperating attorney and author of today’s brief. “Some school districts treat children as truant whenever they arrive at school a few minutes late, even though their lateness has resulted in only a few minutes of missed homeroom.”
Date CapturedMonday March 19 2007, 8:48 AM
NY Post reports AP story, "The New York Civil Liberties Union said that, in recent years, it has received hundreds of complaints from both students and teachers about foul language, rough treatment and unwarranted arrests by the NYPD's 4,827 school-safety agents."
Business tax credit for private school donations faces Arizona court challenge
Date CapturedThursday February 22 2007, 8:57 AM
The Business Journal of Phoenix reports, "Teachers unions and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a lawsuit challenging Arizona's tax breaks for businesses that donate to private schools. The state approved a tax credit program last year that allows businesses to write off donations to private school scholarship funds. A limited private school voucher program for disabled children also was approved."
Recruiting rules at schools changed
Date CapturedWednesday January 10 2007, 12:37 PM
AP reports, "In settling a lawsuit brought last year by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the government agreed it will no longer disseminate student information to law enforcement, intelligence and other agencies and will stop collecting student Social Security numbers, the group said in a statement."
A Columbia Expert on Free Speech Is Accused of Speaking Too Softly
Date CapturedSunday October 22 2006, 8:35 AM
NY Times KAREN W. ARENSON and TAMAR LEWIN write, "These days, debate over what constitutes legitimate speech and legitimate protest rages anew. Students recently faced off at a debate sponsored by the Columbia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on whether demonstrators had the right to rush the stage at the Gilchrist speech."
When a positive is a negative
Date CapturedMonday October 02 2006, 1:40 PM
St. Petersburg Times (Florida) reports, "Although a growing number of school districts nationwide are requiring athletes to pass drug screenings as a condition to participate in sports and extracurricular activities, the idea has come under heavy criticism by researchers and civil liberties groups that say its ineffective and intrusive. A federally funded 2003 study by the University of Michigan found that student drug use did not decrease in schools where students were being randomly tested."
ACLU, Arizona school board group challenging corporate tax credit
Date CapturedMonday September 18 2006, 5:36 PM
The Business Journal of Phoenix reports, "The Arizona School Boards Association and American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona are challenging the legality of a new corporate tax credit that allows businesses to write off donations to private schools."
In New Jersey, a Community Divided
Date CapturedSunday September 17 2006, 9:35 PM
NY Times reports, "The state’s findings made no mention of religion, but the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, which made the initial complaint to the state, did. It said that the school catered to the Orthodox, who rarely send their children to school with those who are not Orthodox. This summer, when the State Department of Education ordered the district to correct the special-education disparity and the district appealed the order to the education commissioner, a big rift in Lakewood grew bigger. It is a rift that has deepened in recent years as a group that once had little to do with public institutions began to join them, electing its members to a majority of school board seats and two of the five township committee seats."
Massachusetts school district cell phone search policy on hold
Date CapturedWednesday July 26 2006, 10:57 AM
The Boston Globe reports, "The American Civil Liberties Union objected to the proposed policy, saying school officials were acting more like police than administrators."
Date CapturedWednesday July 26 2006, 7:55 AM
NY Post reports, "The head of the New York Civil Liberties Union said yesterday that the group would challenge a city Department of Education proposal to discipline students who post defamatory comments related to their schools online."

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