DEEP DIVE: EFF to DHS: Stop Mass Collection of Social Media Information

DEEP DIVE: EFF to DHS: Stop Mass Collection of Social Media Information By Saira Hussain and Sophia Cope The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a proposed rule expanding the agency’s collection of social media information on key visa forms and immigration applications. Earlier this month, EFF joined over 40 civil society organizations that signed on to comments drafted by the Brennan Center for Justice. These comments identify the free speech and privacy risks the proposed rule poses to U.S. persons both directly, if they are required to fill…

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Patriot Act on Steroids: Surveillance State Beyond Section 215

Patriot Act on Steroids: Surveillance State Beyond Section 215 By Michael Boldin While Constitution supporters are outraged about the latest extension of parts of the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, there is much more that was permanent from day one. Everything from fusion centers and information sharing, to national security letters, TSA enhanced screening and the growth of facial recognition – all come from Patriot – and its successor.  SHOW LINKS: JOIN TAC Show Archives Subscribe and Review on iTunes Patriot Act Renewal: A Bipartisan Attack on Liberty Since Day One Let…

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U.S. Lawmakers Demand Amazon Disclose How Ring Stores Data

U.S. Lawmakers Demand Amazon Disclose How Ring Stores Data By Aaron Kesel U.S. lawmakers are demanding that Amazon tell them more about how Ring, Amazon’s surveillance network, is protecting consumer data. They cited the potential for the sensitive footage “detailing the lives of millions of Americans” to fall into the hands of hackers and foreign spies. On Wednesday, five Democratic lawmakers made their concerns public about potential security vulnerabilities in Ring’s systems and the sharing of Americans’ home security footage with research and development teams on foreign soil in a…

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“I Can Do Anything I Wanna Do, I’m a Cop” — Tyrant Cop Fired After Insane Power Trip

“I Can Do Anything I Wanna Do, I’m a Cop” — Tyrant Cop Fired After Insane Power Trip By Jack Burns Lawrence Township, IN — Lawrence Township Constable Daryl Jones was fired this month for the behavior he exhibited towards two Nordstrom patrons who caught the confrontation on video. Lawrence Township Chief Constable Terry Burns Terminated Jones’ 20-year employment less than two hours after he watched the video which included a tyrannical proclamation Jones could do “anything” he wanted because he was a “police officer.” Aaron Joseph and his cousin…

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Victory for Free State Activist Wrongfully Arrested for Filming Police at Checkpoint

Victory for Free State Activist Wrongfully Arrested for Filming Police at Checkpoint By Joe Wright Contrary to what many police would like the public to believe, the Constitution isn’t null and void when in their presence.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite: it can be seen as the public’s duty to hold police accountable during any and all interactions with them. True, federal courts have disputed such rights in the past, but it is still widely recognized in all 50 states that a person has the right to film police…

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VICTORY! Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional

VICTORY! Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional In a major victory for privacy rights at the border, a federal court in Boston ruled today that suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional. The ruling came in a lawsuit, Alasaad v. McAleenan, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and ACLU of Massachusetts, on behalf of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched without individualized suspicion at U.S.…

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ACLU Sues FBI And Other Agencies, Defending Privacy Rights Of Americans Against Facial Recognition

ACLU Sues FBI And Other Agencies, Defending Privacy Rights Of Americans Against Facial Recognition By Aaron Kesel The ACLU has sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal agencies, making claims that the government is improperly withholding information on how it uses a facial recognition database on millions of Americans. The civil rights organization also asks for a “federal court to intervene and order the FBI and related agencies to turn over all records concerning their use of face recognition technology,” according to a legal document. “Because of…

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Police Essentially Ask Federal Court to Let Them Use Excessive Force Even if Suspect is 100% Compliant

Police Essentially Ask Federal Court to Let Them Use Excessive Force Even if Suspect is 100% Compliant By Matt Agorist (TRI) — Oklahoma police have asked a federal court to support their claim that citizens who comply with police during an arrest do not have a clearly established right to be free from police brutality. The police’s justification of the use of excessive force, even in the absence of provocation, were made in a motion by City of Muskogee police seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by attorneys for…

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With Little Fanfare, William Barr Formally Announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program

With Little Fanfare, William Barr Formally Announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program By Whitney Webb Last Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued a memorandum to all U.S. attorneys, law enforcement agencies and top ranking Justice Department officials announcing the imminent implementation of a new “national disruption and early engagement program” aimed at detecting potential mass shooters before they commit any crime. Per the memorandum, Barr has “directed the Department [of Justice] and the FBI to lead an effort to refine our ability to identify, assess and engage potential mass shooters before…

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The USA PATRIOT Act: The Story of an Impulsive Bill that Eviscerated America’s Civil Liberties

The USA PATRIOT Act: The Story of an Impulsive Bill that Eviscerated America’s Civil Liberties By Sam Jacobs The USA PATRIOT Act provides a textbook example of how the United States federal government expands its power. An emergency happens, legitimate or otherwise. The media, playing its dutiful role as goad for greater government oversight, demands “something must be done.” Government power is massively expanded, with little regard for whether or not what is being done is efficacious, to say nothing of the overall impact on our nation’s civil liberties. No…

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