All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘ACLU’

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 Union recently released a report called “You Are Being Tracked: How License Plate Readers Are Being Used to Record Americans’ …

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ACLU Files Suit Against NSA’s Phone Data Collection, Cites 1st and 4th Amendement Violations

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 Guardian, involves the National Security Agency obtaining customer metadata (phone call duration, location, and more) from Verizon. Interestingly enough, the …

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Jesus Portrait Taken Down in Ohio Public School

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 School district has agreed to take the picture down amid first amendment concerns. The picture was hung in Jackson Middle …

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‘Unconstitutional’ LGBT Internet Filters Land School District in ACLU’s Crosshairs

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. While performing research on Governor Mifflin High School computers, Fioravante discovered that many educational LGBT sites were being blocked by …

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Sex Offenders Can’t Be Banned From Facebook Says Appeals Court

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 readily concedes that social networking is a prominent feature of modern-day society; however, communication does not begin with a ‘Facebook …

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Sex Offenders Win Right To Online Anonymity

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, to be unconstitutional. Should sex offenders have the right to use the Internet without disclosing their user names to authorities? …

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It’s Your First Amendment Right to Record Cops [Supreme Court]

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 in 2010, the ACLU filed suit against a specific application of the Illinois Eavesdropping Act that made the audio recording …

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Texas Schools Tracking Student Location with RFID

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 campus. At least, that’s what they say. Others may call it a giant mandatory student tracking program. San Antonio school …

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ACLU Says D.C. Police Illegally Seized Man’s Cellphone After Photographing Alleged Misconduct

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 case, Earl Staley, was reportedly using his cellphone to record the activity of the officers, who were mistreating members of …

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Facebook First Amendment Rights According To The ACLU

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 Carter of Hampton, Virginia), believes he was fired from his job over a Facebook like. As far as the court …

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The Internet Gets Its Very Own Bat Signal

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 be a huge event and one Internet group is using it to their advantage. The Internet Defense League is the …

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Videotaping Police is Easier With the New ACLU Police Tape App

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 is releasing a new Police Tape app for smartphones. The app will allow users to discreetly record police officers and …

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