Tagged: civil

Review Board Defends Information Collection under FISA Section 702

The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB or ‘the Board’) released yesterday a report on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance and collection activities conducted under Section 702 of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978). In 2013, following the disclosure of classified information by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Board was...

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Requires Search Warrant for Cell Phones

What constitutes an individual’s “right to privacy” in the digital realm has become a topic of heated debate across the U.S. Following the reveal of government programs that monitor, record, and store Americans’ digital communications, there has been a widespread demand to strengthen laws that protect rights to privacy, both online and...

Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United States

In 2013, Edward Snowden brought to light the extent of government surveillance in the United States, exposing everything from the collection, storage, and analysis of Americans’ private emails, phone calls, and text messages by intelligence agencies nationwide. Outraged, the public called for the protection of their First and Fourth Amendment...

Civil Service Overhaul? New Report Devises Plan Worthy of 21st Century Workforce

Yesterday, The Partnership for Public Service released the report, “Building the Enterprise: A New Civil Service Framework” in which the Partnership calls for major reforms to the federal government’s outdated civil service system. These reforms include modernization in pay and hiring policies, as well as implementing improved methods for maintaining...

Signals Intelligence Activities: President Obama Releases New Policy Directive

Today, President Obama released a Presidential Policy Directive, “Signals Intelligence Activities,” which outlines the manner in which signals intelligence is authorized to be collected by the United States. He stated that gathering practices must be adherent to privacy and civil liberties, “in accordance with the Constitution and applicable statutes, Executive...

Police Intelligence Gathering Practices Threaten National Security and Civil Liberties: A Brennan Center for Justice Report

The Brennan Center’s newest report of the National Security and Local Police survey blows the whistle on local police information gathering and surveillance activities in the United States. The Brennan Center for Justice, a branch of New York University School of Law, concluded that “police intelligence gathering lacks standards, and...

What the Government Does With Americans’ Data

Early this week the Brennan Center for Justice released its newest report on the US government and data collection, entitled “What the Government Does with Americans’ Data.” The report consults five U.S. intelligence agencies to uncover what changes were made in information-collecting policy following the attacks of September 11, 2001...

Stop and Frisk: Experiences, Perceptions, and Public Safety

The Vera Institute of Justice has published a report titled, Coming of Age with Stop and Frisk: Experiences, Perceptions, and Public Safety Implications. The report contains the results of a study launched in 2011 which examined the question: “How does being stopped by police, and the frequency of those stops,...

Unleashed and Unaccountable: The FBI’s Unchecked Abuse of Authority

Unleashed and Unaccountable: The FBI’s Unchecked Abuse of Authority, a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), details the “extraordinary expansion of FBI power over the last 12 years” and the way the agency “has subverted internal and external oversight by squelching whistleblowers, imposing and enforcing unnecessary secrecy,...

Senate Releases Resolution Authorizing Military Force Against Syria

During the Congressional debates over whether or not the U.S. should use military force against Syria, the GPO (Government Printing Office) has released a digital version of Senate Joint Resolution (S. J. Res.) 21: To Authorize the Limited and Specified Use of the United States Armed Forces Against Syria. This...