We’re working to stop spying by pushing for policy fixes at the national and local that put serious limits on government invasions of privacy.
From undercover cops infiltrating activists groups on the local level to the NSA’s mass surveillance government spying is ubiquitous in our everyday lives. Yet, we refuse to accept this as normal.
With technological advances in surveillance, the government is increasingly finding ways to try to sidestep what limitations on surveillance exist. They claim that new technologies are somehow exempt from the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirements.
CBP Admits to Targeting Journalists, Activists, After Civil Society Groups, Including Defending Rights & Dissent, Demanded Answers
After revelations that Customs and Border Patrol (CBB) had monitored journalists, human rights lawyers, and activists, Defending Rights & Dissent joined with a 100 civil society demanding answers. In a May 9, 2019 response letter, CBP admits for the first time to having engaged in this monitoring, though it defended its actions.
Recent headlines that suggest the NSA will abandon its mass phone surveillance program, commonly known as Section 215 of the Patriot Act, should be met with a healthy dollop of skepticism.
Today, Defending Rights and Dissent joined a coalition of over 100 organizations in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging it to cease any targeting of activists, journalists, and lawyers based on their First Amendment-protected speech and associational activities.
FBI Refuses to Implement Even Minor Steps to Ensure Transparency, Privacy, and Accuracy of Its Facial Recognition Technology
As facial recognition technology spreads, the implications for privacy and liberty are overwhelming. But the FBI does not care.
On March 28 at Howard University Law School, we convened a conversation about the surveillance of activists in the digital age with activists who have been targeted by law enforcement and two policy experts.