Privacy

Today’s public transit police departments offer a frightening glimpse into the future of commuter surveillance. The feds, with the willing cooperation of state and local law enforcement, are building a giant surveillance network on the U.S. transportation system. Last year the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) was accused of creating an app that spied on […]

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug 22, 2018) –  A California Assembly committee has effectively killed a bill that would have increased oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would have taken the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader…

I recently appeared on the Lions of Liberty podcast  – Felony Friday edition – to talk about how we can fight government surveillance at the local level. Since it was Felony Friday, we had to talk about the lawsuit the city of Lexington, Ky., filed against me in an attempt to keep information about police…

I recently appeared on the Culture of Peace podcast hosted by Luke Tatum to talk about defying the surveillance state through local action.  During the interview, I talked about how and why I started a local organization to bring oversight and transparency to surveillance in Lexington, Kentucky. I also explained how my efforts ended up getting…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 27, 2018) –  Yesterday, a second California Assembly committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance…

The NSA uses AT&T facilities in at least eight cities to warrantlessly monitor and collect billions of emails, phone calls, and online chats passing across the United States. According to a report published by The Intercept based on documents it obtained, the NSA has direct access to network hubs that run through buildings known as “backbone” and…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 20, 2018) –  Yesterday, a California Assembly committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.…

LANSING, Mich. (June 17, 2018) – A new law banning “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs went into effect in Michigan. This is an essential step every state needs to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) introduced…

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 6, 2018) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill making changes to the state’s laws on drone surveillance. The new law tightens up some aspects of the current law, but relaxes provisions relating to data retention. Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Brentwood) sponsored Senate Bill 1993 (SB1993). The legislation revises the Freedom from…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 1, 2018) –  Yesterday, the California Senate passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state. Sen.…