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ACLU, NY affiliate sue TSA for records related to passenger behavior screening program

At issue is the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, which uses behavior detection officers to detect passenger behaviors that may be indicative of stress, fear or deception.

Book questions governments' capabilities as cyber threats persist

The abilities of governments to protect citizens are dwindling as cyber threats increase and jurisdiction over such matters lacks clarity, according to the authors of a new book.

ACLU: Gov't getting cellphone records without a warrant can reveal where you sleep, pray, love

A group of civil liberties, public interest and other groups are arguing that the government violated the Fourth Amendment by obtaining cellphone location data of two defendants without getting a warrant in a case being heard by the Sixth Court of Appeals.

ACLU says Florida police records show extensive use of cellphone location tracking devices

The ACLU found that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement identified 1,835 uses of the devices, probably in both state and local investigations.

New Calif. bill would prevent warrantless gov't access to private electronic communications

The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act would protect personal messages, passwords, PIN numbers, GPS information, photos, medical and financial data, contact and metadata, but provides exceptions in emergency situations.

NSA analysts may have been conducting unauthorized surveillance, agency reports indicate

The National Security Agency recently released more than a decade's worth of intelligence collection reports that may have violated U.S. law or policy, according to s everal news organizations.

ACLU wants DOJ profiling guidance extended to security and border activities

The Justice Department is expected to update guidance Dec. 8, prohibiting federal law enforcement officials from profiling individuals based on national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in addition to race and ethnicity that was banned more than a decade ago.

ACLU files brief in criminal case against use of 'stingray' devices that track cellphones

The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed an  amicus brief, supporting a Baltimore man – allegedly involved in a murder-for-hire plot – who said the use of a cell-phone tracker to trace and locate his whereabouts is illegal.

Federal panel holds hearing on rule change that expands FBI electronic surveillance powers

A federal regulatory body is discussing a rule change Nov. 5 that would allow the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance of devices wherever they're located.

Tenn. school district's tech policy violates constitutional rights, civil liberties groups say

A public school district is under scrutiny for a "fundamental misunderstanding" of students' constitutional rights by overly restricting what they can do with technology and the Internet, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union.