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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 »

California Takes Lead in Defending Net Neutrality with Newly Enacted Law Defying FCC

Earlier this week, California formally adopted the nation’s most robust protection of net neutrality principles with Governor Jerry Brown’s signing into law of SB-822, according to a new article from Ars Technica.

The new California law preserves net neutrality by … Read more »

Defending Rights and Dissent Releases Resources Equipping Activists to Protect Free Speech Rights

Defending Rights and Dissent, a partner organization affiliated with the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, has released a collection of online resources for instructing activists how to preserve their right to peaceful protest. The resources, known collectively … 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 »

Announcement: CCDBR to Host Training Session by Local FOIA experts

Few tools are indispensable to protecting our civil liberties in the way that Freedom of Information Act requests are, in that they compel government at all levels to submit records of their activity to the public that they would otherwise … 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 »

Justice Department Steps Up Assault on Press Freedom with Records Request Into New York Times Journalist

A new article from the New York Times reports that the Department of Justice sought, and was granted, communications records for a journalist as part of an investigation into a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer who allegedly acted as a … Read more »

More Trump Inauguration Protester Prosecutions Dropped as Judge Rules Government Suppressed Evidence

 Al Jazeera reports that US attorneys prosecuting a group of protesters at a Washington, DC Inauguration Day demonstration (known as J20) for felony rioting charges have dropped charges against a new group of defendants after a judge ruled that the Read more »

Police Persecute Black Activist Attacked by White Supremacists

According to a new article from The Guardian, a journalist stabbed by white supremacists while chronicling counter-protesters’ presence was subsequently charged for rioting and assault, among other offenses. Cedric O’Bannon, an activist and journalist, was filming counter-protesters opposing a Neo-Nazi … Read more »