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Court Ruling Solidifies FBI Gag Order in FBI National Security Letters

Ars Technica has reported that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the legality of a nondisclosure clause in FBI National Security Letters, or NSLs, a type of record request order issued to telecommunication companies, online communication platforms, … Read more »

Illinois Legislature Overwhelmingly Approves Bill Requiring Transparency and Accountability in Civil Forfeiture Practices

According to a report from Reason, both houses of the Illinois state legislature have voted by a wide margin in favor of a bill which would reform civil forfeiture practices in the state. The legislation, which increases the threshold … Read more »

Call to Action: File Your Comment by July 17 to Uphold Net Neutrality and Protect Freedom on the Internet

Since the election, President Trump’s team of policymakers has been moving forward with plans to reverse FCC net neutrality policies implemented by President Obama, which would deal a critical blow to internet freedom. With its vote on May 18, 2017 Read more »

Felony Rioting Charges Against Journalists Threaten Free Press Coverage

UPDATE (6/19/17): In their continuing coverage of detained Inauguration Day protesters and journalists covering them, Al Jazeera reports that two journalists swept up in a mass arrest by police in Washington DC remain charged (along with the protesters) with several … Read more »

New Hampshire Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Warrants for Stingrays, Poising State to Join Illinois and Others in Stricter Regulation

According to a report by the Tenth Amendment Center, the New Hampshire House has just passed a bill which would closely regulate the deployment of stingray surveillance devices in the state, most notably by requiring law enforcement to obtain … Read more »

Supreme Court to Weigh Case Which May Extend Fourth Amendment Protections to Searches of Location Data Archives

According to a new story from The New York Times, the US Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case which could decide whether or not Fourth Amendment protections are extended to law enforcement searches of past location data records. … Read more »

CPD Using Opaque Algorithm to Compile List of Citizens by Risk of Violence

In a recent story by The New York Times, reporters attempt to probe into the operation of an opaque algorithm which the Chicago Police Department uses to direct law enforcement resources by creating and maintaining a list of citizens … Read more »

Sinister Private Counter-Terrorism Firm Hired to Track and Infiltrate Dakota Pipeline Protesters, Including Chicago Groups

UPDATE (6/22/17): In a subsequent installment of their reporting on surveillance targeting Dakota Access Pipeline protests, The Intercept has revealed that both shorty before and after demonstrators were dispersed from their encampment, TigerSwan continued tracking the whereabouts and activities … Read more »

ICE Confirmed to Use Stingrays for Making Deportation Arrests

According to a new piece in The Intercept, at least one instance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement utilizing a cell-site simulator as part of a deportation arrest has been confirmed. The cell-site simulator, an invasive cell phone surveillance device more … Read more »

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is Freed, Marking a Triumph for Acts of Conscience

On Wednesday, May 17th, whistleblower Chelsea Manning was released from military detention in accordance with President Barack Obama’s commutation of her sentence in the final weeks of his presidency. Manning, who was convicted by court martial on charges of “espionage” for … Read more »