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Category: Privacy & Surveillance

American Library Association applauds unanimous ruling in two civil liberties cases

#169973291 / Today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Fourth Amendment when they ruled in David Leon Riley v. State of California and United States v. Brima Wurie that officers of the law must obtain warrants before they can search the cellphones of arrestees. The two cases began…

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“If at first you don’t succeed…” USA FREEDOM Reform Odds in Senate Bolstered by Midnight Amendment to House Defense Appropriations Bill!

DD doesn’t know if Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) meditate but, if they do, “Try. Try Again.” could well be their mantras. Unbowed by the House’s last minute gutting and passage of a fatally watered down version of the USA Freedom Act, they penned,…

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Wall Street Watchdogs at Odds with Majority of the House and 80%+ of Americans Over Warrantless “E-Searches”

Getting a strong and bipartisan majority in Congress to vote for anything these days is hard enough and it’s much, much rarer still for a majority of all Members of the House to formally co-sponsor a given bill.  That distinctive and important milestone — 218 official cosponsors — was reached…

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30+ civil liberties groups, 9 top tech CEOs, call on Congress to get surveillance reform right.

As recently reported in District Dispatch, the Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to consider the latest House-passed version of the USA FREEDOM Act later this month.  As that “markup” nears, ALA and more than 30 other leading national civil liberties and pro-privacy organizations have written to Majority Leader Harry Reid,…

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