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Digital is Different: “Pole Camera” Ruling Demonstrates Evolving Fourth Amendment Rights

In what could be the first significant expansion of the Supreme Court’s finding in Carpenter v. United States, a federal district court in Massachusetts granted a motion to suppress evidence, ruling that police use of a “pole camera” represented a search under the Fourth Amendment. This ruling is an important signal of what may be to come for digital privacy rights and provides a necessary limitation on warrantless government video surveillance.

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How Can We Protect Privacy While Supporting Students Who Change Schools?

Changing schools can be disruptive to a student’s education. One way schools and parents can help limit this disruption is by making sure that important data follows students as they change schools. However, data portability has to be done carefully and conscientiously, because the same data that can help students hit the ground running at their new school can also hinder them there.

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CBP Letter Prompts the Question: Is DHS Criminalizing Compassion and Association?

Authorities at the U.S. border are arguing that journalists who report on asylum seekers, and the lawyers and activists who advise them, are legitimate targets for investigation under 8 U.S. Code §1324 for the crime of illegally “encouraging” aliens to cross the border unlawfully. This alleged crime justifies the targeting of these individuals for surveillance, and may be tied to the search and detention of their electronic devices at ports of entry. That’s the message U.S. Customs and Border Protection delivered in a May 9th letter to the Center for Democracy & Technology, which responded to the coalition letter we sent the Department of Homeland Security about a pattern of enforcement activity that appears to target journalists, lawyers and activists associated with asylum seekers.

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DHS Should Stop Surveilling Activists, Journalists, and Lawyers

The Department of Homeland Security appears to be targeting activists, journalists, and lawyers for enhanced screening at ports of entry based on their speech and association with asylum-seekers. Going even further, DHS is documenting and disseminating records of political activity. CDT organized a diverse coalition spanning the political spectrum and consisting of over 100 organizations to demand that DHS immediately cease any politically motivated surveillance of activists, journalists, lawyers, and protest activity.

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CDT Urges European Court of Human Rights To Outlaw or Limit Bulk Collection

CDT filed a brief in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the joined petitions of Big Brother Watch and Others v. United Kingdom. Big Brother Watch challenges the United Kingdom’s bulk interception regime by which intelligence agencies tap the fiber cables carrying internet traffic to analyze all electronic data that goes in or out of the U.K. We hope the Grand Chamber will determine that bulk collection is not lawful under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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