ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Clearview AI

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit in Illinois against facial recognition firm Clearview AI.

Massachusetts Police Department Tests Robot Dog Spot

Boston Dynamics unveiled a robot dog named Spot in September and now, according to CNN, a Massachusetts police department has put the dog through its paces. The Massachusetts State Police deployed Spot alongside its bomb squad for 90 days to…

Amazon Looks to Preempt Facial Recognition Legislation

Few technologies are more controversial and divisive as facial recognition. Customers have come to rely on it to log into their phones and tablets, police and government agencies are increasingly using it to identify suspects and privacy advocates decry it…

Juggalos Are Officially Gang Members

As a disclaimer, this article contains swear words and a video posted below that shows eventual nudity that may not be easy on your eyes (protrusions and all that jazz.) This article also contains the word “Juggalo” and its variants…

Alabama Gay Sex Ban Ruled Unconstitutional By Court Of Appeals

You may not be able to marry someone of the same sex in Alabama, but now you can at least have sex with them. The Associated Press reported that the Alabama court of appeals has declared an anti-sodomy law unconstitutional.…

City, Mayor Sued Over Arrest of Parody Tweeter

The ACLU has taken up the case of a Peoria, Illinois man who is suing the city and its Mayor for violation of his First and Fourth Amendment rights. 29-year-old Jon Daniel is suing Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis (shown above),…

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

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…

Joe Arpaio Admonished in Court Over Training Videos

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, along with his top deputy, Jerry Sheridan, appeared in court before U.S. District Judge Murray Snow, who was not too pleased with a video of the sheriff training his deputies. “I intend to have…

NSA Actions Ruled Legal by Federal Judge

On Friday, New York federal judge William H. Pauley III ruled that the surveillance and collection activities overseen by the NSA are legal, dismissing a case brought against the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, by the ACLU. In his…

Santa Is Apparently Working For The NSA

Santa Claus is the ultimate snoop. Every year, he spies on every one of us and puts us on a naughty or nice list. It only makes sense then that the NSA would want to recruit him for some of…

Declassified NSA Documents Reveal Privacy Violations

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’s Phone Metadata Collection

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 For Privacy

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

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.

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, 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…

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…

‘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.…

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…