U.S. Supreme Court wrestles with Microsoft data privacy fight

Supreme Court justices wrestled with Microsoft’s dispute with the US Justice Department over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas, with some signaling support for the government and others urging Con

FCC Commissioner Starks at Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide

When I was invited to join you today, and learned more about this gathering and its goals, I immediately thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to lay down a marker about what I think is one of the most important issues facing America –


Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 10:00 to 12:30

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will conduct a public forum to examine the USA FREEDOM Act and the government’s call detail records (CDR) program under that law. During the forum, Board Members will hear a range of expert views on the USA FREEDOM Act—from its history and implementation, to present challenges and the path ahead.

The Board will hear from these experts:

Federal agencies are spending millions to hack into locked phones

A $1.2 million tab for iPhone hacking technology at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement underscores how pervasively law enforcement is cracking into passcodes and other security features Americans use to keep their information private.

Amazon's neighborhood watch app raises discrimination, privacy fears

Advocates and experts are worried that an Amazon-owned mobile app, used by owners of its Ring security cameras to upload videos for neighbors to see, could entrench racial discrimination and violate people's privacy. The app, called Neighbors, is

Putin signs law to create an independent Russian internet

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law new measures that would enable the creation of a national network, able to operate separately from the rest of the world.

Coalition Letter to DHS Opposing Surveillance of Activists, Journalists, and Lawyers

We are a coalition of 103 civil liberties, civil rights, corporate responsibility, faith-based, human rights, immigrant rights, journalism, media, privacy, and government transparency organizations, legal service providers, and trade associations.

White House has signaled it may seek permanent renewal of controversial surveillance power

Apparently, the Trump administration has signaled in recent weeks that it may seek the permanent renewal of a surveillance law that has, among other things, enabled the National Security Agency to gather and analyze Americans’ phone records as par

NSA Recommends Dropping Phone-Surveillance Program

Apparently, the National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a US surveillance program that collects information about Americans’ phone calls and text messages, saying the logistical and legal burdens of keeping it outweig

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

In an era of ubiquitous data gathering by tech companies, your personal information — where you go, who your friends are, what you read, eat and watch, and when you do it — is being used for purposes many people never expected. As privacy concerns