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Baltimore’s Warrantless Aerial Snooping Found to Violate Constitution

According to a new post from the EFF, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Baltimore Police Department’s long-term aerial surveillance program violated the US Constitution. The program, known as the Aerial Investigation Research (AIR) program, monitored … Read more »

Announcement: Keep Up With CCDBR Via Our New Email Subscription Service

Recently, Feedburner notified its users that it will be phasing out the email subscription feature of its service. Because CCDBR utilizes Feedburner to serve content to subscribers, we have now moved our email subscription option to a new service.

As … Read more »

Restore the Fourth Underscores Threat to Digital Rights in Feature Appearance on Cybersecurity Podcast

In the most recent episode of the Open Source Security Podcast, Chris Weiland of Restore the Fourth Minnesota makes a compelling case for the need for civil liberties organizations to take the fight for Americans’ constitutional freedoms to digital … Read more »

President’s Note: CCDBR Remembers Civil Liberties Champion Larry Kennon

CCDBR salutes the memory of Attorney Larry Kennon, longtime advisory board member and Bill of Rights Foundation registered agent. Both as a defender of civil rights and liberties and as a treasured friend, Larry will be missed by all of us … Read more »

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 »

Federal Court Finds NSA Metadata Program Illegal

According to Politico, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a former NSA call metadata collection program violated US law. In its unanimous decision, the appeals court found the authorizations of the NSA’s so-called “bulk collection” … Read more »

Under Pretext of Protecting Children, EARN IT Act Puts Encryption in Its Crosshairs

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently published a blog post warning of a new proposed bill in the US Senate which could effectively coerce online services and platforms into compromising their users’ encryption. If passed, the EARN IT Act, … 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 »

Leading Contact Tracing Initiative Offers Insufficient Assurance Against Abuse

Not long after the first wave of states imposed shelter-in-place orders to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, public discourse coalesced around initiatives which proposed harnessing technology to stem the spread of the virus. 

In particular, public health experts in the United … Read more »

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