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School Will Pay for Violating Teen’s Rights over Facebook Posts

School Will Pay for Violating Teen’s Rights over Facebook Posts

By Josh Wolford March 27, 2014

The ACLU is declaring victory in a lawsuit against the Minnewaska, Minnesota School District–one that could have implications in how schools construct privacy policies around students and their off-campus social media use. The story focuses on Riley Stratton, who the …

Declassified NSA Documents Reveal Privacy Violations Declassified NSA Documents Reveal Privacy Violations
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Following pressure from lawsuits by both the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the federal government has released 14 documents concerning privacy violations committed by the NSA in their collection of private data from US citizens. Both lawsuits were based …

NRA Joins Lawsuit Against NSA Phone Data Collection NRA Joins Lawsuit Against NSA Phone Data Collection
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The NRA is not the first organization that comes to mind when I think of civil liberty organizations. Sure, they fight for Second Amendment rights, but they don’t really get involved with matters concerning the First or Fourth Amendment unless …

NTIA Introduces Mobile App Code of Conduct NTIA Introduces Mobile App Code of Conduct

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) this week announced that its stakeholder partners for an app transparency process will soon begin testing a voluntary code of conduct for mobile app privacy. The code implores app developers to, “where …

License Plate Scanners: You’re Being Tracked License Plate Scanners: You’re Being Tracked
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These days, most people are aware that because of smartphones and surveillance cameras, very little public activity goes unrecorded. If you’re outside your home and live close to a decent-sized city, chances are good that you’re on camera somewhere, whether …

License Plate Scanners are Appearing Across U.S. License Plate Scanners are Appearing Across U.S.

Police, across the country, are now using license plate scanners to record and store information from millions of license plates, creating a database that can be used to track down the whereabouts of United States drivers. The American Civil Liberties …

ACLU Files Suit Against NSA's Phone Data Collection ACLU Files Suit Against NSA's Phone Data Collection
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In a move that can’t be too shocking to most, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with the New York Civil Liberties Union, has filed a lawsuit challenging the recently-revealed NSA phone records program. The initiative, unearthed by The …

Jesus Portrait Taken Down in Ohio Public School Jesus Portrait Taken Down in Ohio Public School
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An image of Jesus that has hung in a Jackson, Ohio middle school for over 60 years and was recently moved to a Jackson high school has now been taken down. According to an Associated Press report, the Jackson City …

ACLU Targets Unconstitutional LGBT Internet Filters ACLU Targets Unconstitutional LGBT Internet Filters

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Pennsylvania have sent a letter to the Governor Mifflin School District in Shillington, PA which threatens legal action if the district doesn’t address the claims of high school student Maison Fioravante. …

Court: Sex Offenders Can't Be Banned From Facebook Court: Sex Offenders Can't Be Banned From Facebook

An Indiana law barring registered sex offenders from using any form of social media has been stuck down by a U.S. appeals court. The law was challenged last year by the ACLU, but upheld by an Indiana Judge. “The Court …

Sex Offenders Win Right To Online Anonymity Sex Offenders Win Right To Online Anonymity
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A federal judge has blocked a California bill that would take away sex offenders’ ability to anonymously use email, social media, instant messaging and various other web sites and services. The bill, Proposition 35, was deemed by Judge Thelton Henderson, …

It's Your First Amendment Right to Record Cops It's Your First Amendment Right to Record Cops

In a victory for the ACLU and First Amendment activists everywhere, the United States Supreme Court has denied a request to review a decision that blocks the enforcement of an Illinois law barring the public from recording police officers. Back …

Texas Schools Tracking Student Location with RFID Texas Schools Tracking Student Location with RFID
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In “whoa buddy, I’m not so sure about that” news, one Texas school district is in the process of implementing a new way to ensure student safety and make sure that kids are where they need to be while on …

ACLU Sues D.C. Police For Seizing Man's Cellphone ACLU Sues D.C. Police For Seizing Man's Cellphone
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The American Civil Liberties Union has just filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia and two police officers after alleging that they violated the law by seizing a man’s cellphone and stealing his memory card. The plaintiff in the …

ACLU Weighs In On Facebook First Amendment Rights ACLU Weighs In On Facebook First Amendment Rights
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Back in May, a federal judge ruled that a Facebook “like” is not considered speech that can be protected by the First Amendment. You can read more background on the story here, but basically, a man (Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ray …

Internet Defense League Crowd-Funding Cat Signals Internet Defense League Crowd-Funding Cat Signals
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The Dark Knight Rises is the most anticipated superhero fim of the year. It’s kind of hard to believe that I’ll finally be able to see the end of Christopher Nolan’s excellent take on Batman this Friday. It’s going to …

Taping the Police is Easier With the New ACLU App Taping the Police is Easier With the New ACLU App
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) declared victory back in May, when a Federal Appeals Court ruled that Illinois’ eavesdropping statute does not apply to police performing their duties in public. This week, the ACLU of New Jersey announced it …