“60 Minutes” Segment Discusses How Our Personal Online Data is Tracked, Bought and Sold

The March 9, 2014 broadcast of “60 Minutes” provides a good basic introduction to the activities of data brokers - how online personal data is tracked, bought, and sold without users’ knowledge: Additional online-only content at the “60 Minutes” website  provides more details about data brokers’ surveillance of online activity and how individuals can protect their personal privacy...

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Support Grows for Amash Amendment to End NSA Surveillance: Call Congress Today

Support is growing for the Amash Amendment, a proposal by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Rep.  John Conyers (D-MI)  that would halt funding for the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless collection of phone records for all persons in the United States under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.  The legislation would amend the Defense Appropriations Bill so that the NSA could only use court orders issued pursuant to Section 215 to collect...

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Act Now: Support the Amash Amendment to Stop Funding NSA Surveillance

Reposting from District Dispatch: Help put a stop to warrantless surveillance. Ask your congressional representative today to vote YES on the Amash amendment in the Defense Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2397. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) have introduced an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2397, that would stop funding the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance programs. Act now:...

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FTRF, ALA join efforts to protect privacy and increase transparency around surveillance

Cross-posted to the FTRF Blog and the OIF Blog The Freedom to Read Foundation and American Library Association have joined with dozens of technology firms and other civil liberty organizations in calling on the Obama Administration and Congress to increase transparency surrounding government surveillance efforts. In a letter released this morning, FTRF, ALA, and the other groups led by the Center for Democracy and Technology demanded that...

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Choose Privacy Week 2013 – A Dictatorship of Data Banks

This is the fourth in a series of guest commentaries written in observance of Choose Privacy Week by noted privacy experts and advocates. Today’s post is written by Rachel Levinson Waldman, Counsel for Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School.  A Dictatorship of Data Banks In 1974, privacy expert Arthur Miller warned the Senate about the dangers of indiscriminate government...

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