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Why So Secret? Court Should Reject State Secrets Claims About Surveillance

CDT dealt a “one-two punch” today to the U.S. government’s efforts to shield from judicial scrutiny surveillance practices that could violate the law and the U.S. Constitution. We filed a brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Jewel v. NSA and published a report that demonstrates the extent to which other countries describe their own bulk cable interception practices.  

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Ismail Ajjawi’s Fundamental Free Speech & Association Rights Trampled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The case of Harvard freshman Ismail Ajjawi’s visa being revoked is deservedly receiving national attention. It is outrageous and unacceptable that this student would have to answer for the online activity of others, and potentially be denied entry because of such activity. However, this is the predictable and natural consequence of the President’s demand that immigrants face “extreme vetting” and the federal government’s decision to include social media screening as a part of this mandate.

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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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