Privacy Matters

Poll: Youth, independents most critical of surveillance policies

A new Washington Post/ABC news poll finds that over half of the US population thinks the NSA’s surveillance programs make either little difference in aiding the country's national security, or actively hurt it.

Spy agency officials face heat in congress, and take their message on the road

The big NSA spying news this week is that analysts can spy on the communications and query the phone and internet records of people "three hops" away from a suspect. That means potentially hundreds of millions of people are under the NSA's microscope, to a degree that officials had previously never confirmed, or in some cases actively denied.

You are being tracked

I appeared on HuffPo Live to discuss the ACLU's new report on license plate readers. Check out the report here.

Protecting the attorney-client relationship in the digital age

The John Adams Court House, Boston, Massachusetts. Photo credit: Massachusetts Judicial Branch

By Jessie Rossman, staff attorney

"It's not about having something to hide. Privacy is all about control. Personal control."

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Ann Cavoukian, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of the Ottawa government, is my new hero. Watch her break it down in the video above: why metadata matters.

Los Angeles Police Department fires 'less lethals' at protesters at close range

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The LAPD came out in force to attempt to control protesters outraged about the Not Guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman walked after having shot Trayvon Martin to death. The mostly white jury found that Zimmerman acted in self defense when he killed the black teenager.

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