privacy

Magistrate Judge in Chicago Sets Stage for Challenging “Geofence” Warrant Constitutionality

According to a report in Wired, a magistrate judge based in Chicago has called the constitutionality of expansive location-based search warrants into question for the first time. In a July ruling that was only recently unsealed, judge M. David … Read more »

Civil Libertarians Forewarn of Breathtaking Surveillance Expansion to Combat COVID-19

A new article by The Washington Post notes a mounting fear among civil liberties defenders that the US government could take steps to establish or expand surveillance programs as a means of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Although neither members of … Read more »

Research Shows Poor Americans More Severely Harmed By Surveillance

According to a piece in The New York Times, a recent study by the Pew Research Center revealed that Americans in lower income groups confront greater privacy and security concerns, but enjoy less access to means of addressing themRead more »

Report: Justice Department Convenes Forum to Expand Police Use of Drones with Zero Concern for Privacy Implications

Last week, the US Department of Justice issued a press release announcing the start of a forum designed to help law enforcement agencies across the country expand their use of drones. The release, which took the form of a … Read more »

San Francisco Moves to Prohibit Government Use of Facial Recognition and Limit Surveillance Technology

According to a new piece by The Atlantic, San Francisco legislators are moving ahead with a bill that would prohibit city government agencies from using facial recognition technology. While the draft legislation, known as the ‚ÄúStop Secret Surveillance … Read more »

Border Warrant Exemption for Smartphone Search Under New Challenge in Newly Filed Lawsuit

This week, Ars Technica reported that a new lawsuit has been filed challenging the federal government’s practice of searching without warrants the digital devices of Americans entering or leaving the country. The suit takes aim at the dubious, though judicially Read more »

Proposed Amendment Would Place Chicago Under Gaze of Colossal Facial Recognition Surveillance Network

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a CCDBR partner organization through its Electronic Frontier Alliance, city officials are considering a change to the municipal code that would allow private businesses in Chicago to deploy facial recognition software as part of … Read more »

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 »

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