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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 »

President’s Note: CCDBR-Supported Bill Would Curtail Solitary Confinement
UPDATE: 20 May 2017: Representative Ford’s bill is off the House agenda until next year, but the increasing number and quality of co-sponsors are encouraging signs. His bill is a path breaking one that will require much future mobilization to … Read more »
Illinois Bill Enshrining Abortion Rights Passes Senate, Moving to Governor’s Desk

On Wednesday, a bill which would ensure the right to abortion should the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision be overturned passed the Illinois State Senate, according to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times. In addition to amending … Read more »

NSA Voluntarily Ends Collection of Americans’ Messages Referencing Foreign Targets

According to a new report by the New York Times, the NSA has voluntarily ended a mass surveillance program which collected Americans’ email or SMS messages which reference an individual who is the target of another program. While the agency … Read more »

Chicago Aldermen’s Plan for “Textalyzer” Tool Could Infringe on Digital Privacy

According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, two Chicago city aldermen have proposed a measure that would subject those suspected of texting while driving to a search of their phone using a potentially invasive forensic device. In the hopes of more … Read more »

Justice Department Hint at Charges Against Wikileaks’ Assange Threatens Freedom of the Press

UPDATE: Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his intention to pursue charges against Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, President Donald Trump has publicly endorsed Sessions’s proposed Justice Department move. Not only does this recent explicit approval by Trump only heighten … Read more »

Senate and House Legislators Introduce Bill Mandating Warrants for Device Searches by Border Agents

Following a statement announcing his intention to pursue legislation to close a glaring loophole in Fourth Amendment protections during border crossings, Senator Ron Wyden has formally introduced legislation aimed at more tightly regulating searches of electronics conducted by CBP agents and other border … Read more »

New Illinois Privacy Laws, If Passed, Would Lead Nation as Bulwark Against Federal Deregulation

UPDATE: As of last week, the Illinois State Senate passed its version of the Right to Know Act, which would require companies which collect user information to disclose what personal data is collected and how it is handled. With … Read more »