“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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Take Action: New USA Freedom Act could reform the USA PATRIOT Act

Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that would place restrictions on bulk phone and internet government surveillance, and permit companies to make public the number of FISA orders and National Security Letters received. This bicameral piece of legislation would rewrite section 215 of the Patriot Act—also called the “library provision”—and impose new limits...

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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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