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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 »

Announcement: CCDBR and LPL to Jointly Present Digital Security Training

It is with great excitement that the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights announces that we will be presenting two digital security training sessions this week featuring Lucy Parsons Labs. The two workshops, one on October 12 and … Read more »

Justice Department Slaps Facebook with Warrants for Protesters’ Account Information

Al Jazeera reveals that the US Department of Justice, as part of its ongoing prosecution of Inauguration Day protesters, has issued search warrants for a group page and user accounts related to the Disrupt J20 campaign. The three warrants … Read more »

Report: New Homeland Security Policy Would Subject Millions of Immigrants and Naturalized Citizens to Digital Monitoring

In a policy change announced earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security seeks to expand its immigrant records database to incorporate the collection and storage of new information streams, including social media and other digital content. The new … Read more »

Rauner Vetoes Bill Requiring User Opt-In for Selling Geolocation Data

The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill which would have required tech companies and other businesses whose products or services handle geolocation data to receive explicit consent from users or customers before that data … Read more »

Announcement: CCDBR Stands For Digital Rights, Freedom, Security, and Privacy

For almost 60 years, the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights has weathered political shifts to preserve our fundamental civil liberties. Dramatic changes in technology have not diminished our commitment. 

Since the digital sphere is a natural extension … Read more »

Rauner Signs Broadly Supported Civil Forfeiture Protections Into Law

 Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law (HB303) restricting civil forfeiture practices of law enforcement agencies in the state. The newly enacted regulations, which CCDBR profiled previously, raise the evidentiary threshold for seizing citizens’ property from “probable … Read more »

US House Passes Measure Blocking Justice Department’s Resumption of Civil Forfeiture Loophole

A new piece from The Intercept reports that the US House of Representatives by a 211-198 vote has adopted language which would nullify the Department of Justice policy resuming federal civil forfeiture practices under the Equitable Sharing Program. The appropriations bill’s … Read more »

Activists Prepare to Stage Massive Push for Net Neutrality in Washington DC

A new piece from The Guardian reports that a coalition of internet freedom and digital rights activists have planned a massive two-day demonstration to compel the federal government to enshrine net neutrality principles in the regulation of the internet. The … Read more »