The ACLU has called for rules that limit law enforcement agencies' use of drones when collecting evidence of wrongdoing, for emergencies or other uses where there's no reason to think it would invade privacy.
The changes reflect the legal pressure brought about by a 2010 lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 13 Americans, who challenged their inclusion on the list.
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.
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.
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.
The ACLU found that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement identified 1,835 uses of the devices, probably in both state and local investigations.
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.
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.
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.
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.