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Law Enforcement Around the Country is Quietly Enlisting the Private Sector to Develop Real-Time Facial Recognition Capability

Once relegated to the fanciful flights of science fiction, facial recognition technology has not only reached sufficient maturity to enter the market, but has even entered mainstream consumer consciousness as a tool of convenience. One need only ask the satisfied … Read more »

Supreme Court Upholds Warrant Requirement in Landmark Digital Privacy Ruling

On June 22, 2018, as reported by Ars Technica, the US Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote, comprised of the four liberal-leaning justices and Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority, that the government must obtain a search warrant before Read more »

Bill of Rights Club: Episode 2

Episode 2 of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights’ podcast, Bill of Rights Club, is now live. In this series, we take the current events we cover on the site that we think deserve some more … Read more »

Muslim Leaders Settle Lawsuit with NYPD in Resounding Win for Equal Constitutional Protection

 The Guardian reports that last week a settlement was reached in a lawsuit against the New York Police Department in which lawyers representing New Jersey-area Muslim community leaders won significant concessions from the defendant. The suit, filed jointly by Muslim … Read more »

Report: Coalition of Immigrant Rights Groups Reaffirms Constitutional Protections for Locally Detained Immigrants and Backs Sanctuary Cities

A new report published by a coalition of immigrant rights organizations challenges a key immigration policing technique employed by the federal government. The document outlines the glaring legal deficiencies inherent in ICE-issued detainers and other administrative forms for requesting the … Read more »

Judge Restricts Justice Department’s Expansive Warrant Against Protest Site Hosts

A case that might appear to involve merely a legal technicality regarding the scope of a warrant actually here involves a major and under-reported threat to First Amendment protest rights:

A judge on the District of Columbia Superior Court has … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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