Tag Archives: American Civil Liberties Union

US uses border security measures to illegally seize material

Newly released documents reveal how the government uses border crossings to seize and examine travelers’ electronic devices instead of obtaining a search warrant to gain access to the data.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/business/the-border-is-a-back-door-for-us-device-searches.html?ref=world  The documents detail what until now has been a largely secretive process that enables the government to create a travel alert for a person, who […]

American Civil Liberties Union lives up to their creed

In a detailed legal attack on the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone call data, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in court papers filed Monday that the sweeping data gathering violates the Constitution and should be halted.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/27/us/nsa-phone-data-collection-is-illegal-aclu-says.html?ref=us   The A.C.L.U. cited the writings of George Orwell and the comprehensive East German surveillance portrayed […]

Cellphone location being tracked without warrant

A federal appeals court on Tuesday said that government authorities could extract historical location data directly from telecommunications carriers without a search warrant.  The closely watched case, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, is the first ruling that squarely addresses the constitutionality of warrantless searches of historical location data stored […]

License plate readers add to a database on your behavior

License plate readers have proliferated across the country. But cities and states are all over the map on how long they hold information they collect and with whom they share it. http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/bits/2013/07/17/policies-on-license-plate-readers-vary-widely-says-a-c-l-u/ That is according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union, which collated license plate reader policies from nearly 300 law […]