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Should Sex Offenders Be Allowed On Facebook? Should Sex Offenders Be Allowed On Facebook?
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I am not a father. Because of this, I don’t possess the visceral, instinctual drive to protect my children at all costs. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I’m insensitive to the challenges of protecting kids both online and offline, …

ACLU Comes Out Against CSA: The Senate’s CISPA ACLU Comes Out Against CSA: The Senate’s CISPA

As everybody knows now, CISPA passed the House. The ACLU likes to think the 248 to 168 vote was close enough to declare that CISPA might not make it through the Senate. They feel that the Senate’s own cybersecurity act, …

ACLU Declares Victory In Police Recording Case ACLU Declares Victory In Police Recording Case

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois has declared victory in a court case involving Illinois’ eavesdropping statute. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit this week overturned a trial court decision and ruled that the ACLU …

Facebook Threats: Teens Claim They Were Just Joking Facebook Threats: Teens Claim They Were Just Joking

In this day and age, it doesn’t make sense to post threats on any social media sites, especially if you’re talking about murdering your classmates. Given the inexplicably large number of school shootings the world has experienced over the past …

Facebook Kill List Prompts School Expulsion, ACLU Lawsuit Facebook Kill List Prompts School Expulsion, ACLU Lawsuit
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The hyper-vigilance against bullying continues to produce situations where it is difficult to discern between legitimate threats or intimidation and dark but innocent adolescent humor. The latest entry into the pool: three eighth-graders in northwest Indiana have been expelled due …

ACLU: Marine Has 1st Amendment Right To Criticize President ACLU: Marine Has 1st Amendment Right To Criticize President

Sgt. Gary Stein is in serious hot water. The now famous marine got into the proverbial hot water after he made comments that the President, his commander-in-chief, was an enemy of the state and said that he would refuse any …

Teenager Sues School Over Facebook Privacy Issue Teenager Sues School Over Facebook Privacy Issue
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A twelve-year-old Minnesota teenager is being punished by teachers at her Minnewaska Area Middle School for criticizing a Hall Monitor for “being mean” to her and for talking about sex with another student on her Facebook page. All of the …

ACLU Sues School Over Facebook ACLU Sues School Over Facebook
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The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Minnewaska, MN Area Schools and various Pope County officials Tuesday, citing that they violated a middle school student’s constitutional rights regarding two Facebook wall posts. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. …

Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers
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Privacy. It’s on everyone’s minds these days. A couple of months ago it was Apple and Google that were drawing the ire of consumers with the storing of location data. And of course, Facebook is always mentioned when people discuss …

ACLU Wants Wireless Carriers to Stop Tracking Customers ACLU Wants Wireless Carriers to Stop Tracking Customers
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When the news of the iPhone’s location data storage hubbub hit, it brought the concept of user privacy to the front door of the wireless providers. While Apple has since addressed the location data issue with its iPhone devices, the …

Teens Post Sexy Pics On Myspace, Judge Says It’s OK Teens Post Sexy Pics On Myspace, Judge Says It’s OK
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In the last year or so, we’ve seen multiple instances of minors being charged with crimes for sexting. Apparently, to some prosecutors, these racy pics constitute child pornography – even if the nude photos that the minors posses are photos …

ACLU Sues Government Over Border Laptop Searches
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The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) policy allowing border agents to search laptops or other electronic devices at the border without reasonable suspicion.

Laptop-Searches The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Child Online Protection Act Struck Down
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A federal court has upheld a ban on a law that would criminalize protected speech on the Internet.

The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) on behalf of a coalition of writers, artists and health educators who use the Internet to communicate constitutionally protected speech.

ACLU Criticizes San Francisco Wi-Fi Deal

The American Civil Liberties Union has made a name for itself by lobbying for the rights of women, minorities, and other civil groups that have been unfairly or illegally targeted by discriminatory or oppressive actions.

It looks like the ACLU is branching out into new territory. The organization is broadening its horizons from the political arena, stepping into the digital realm with its latest commentary on the citywide Wi-Fi network in the words for San Francisco.

No Sex Please, We’re Online

Despite many months of flailing away at search engines for data to support their claims that casual searches would lead unsuspecting people (especially kids) to adult sites, a study found only about one percent of indexed sites at Google and Microsoft contain explicit content.