October 17, 2019
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Coalition Urges Congress to Include Crucial Reforms to End FBI Backdoor Searches

"These abuses demand action by Congress and underscore the need to reform Section 702." The Coalition wrote.
October 15, 2019

Organizations Decry Cozy Relationship Between Amazon and Local Police

Last week, DRAD joined over 30 civil rights organizations on an open letter sounding the alarm about Amazon’s spreading Ring doorbell partnerships with police. The letter calls on local, state, and federal officials to use their power to investigate Amazon Ring’s business practices, put an end to Amazon-police partnerships, and pass oversight measures to deter such partnerships in the future.
October 14, 2019

No More Sneaky Backdoors for the FBI

Time and again the FBI has shown its inability, or unwillingness, to obey the law. This time, a secret court ruling made public last week revealed that the FBI had conducted tens of thousands of unauthorized searches of U.S. persons in a government intelligence database between 2017 and 2018
October 10, 2019

In Light of FISA Court Ruling, It’s Time to Close The FBI’s Backdoor Loophole

Earlier this week, it was revealed that a judge on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court ruled that some of the FBI’s “backdoor” searches of communications intercepted by the NSA violated the rights of Americans. Defending Rights & Dissent has long opposed the FBI’s backdoor searches and renews its call for Congress to eliminate them once and for all.
September 27, 2019

Civil Society Leaders Demand Action After Revelations of FBI JTTF Spying on Anti-Pipeline Groups in Oregon

Leaders from international, national, and local organizations call on Governor Kate Brown to stop surveillance of communities opposing the Jordan Cove LNG export project.
August 19, 2019

Washington’s Most Popular Spying Program?

The Trump administration is reportedly pushing Congress to permanently reauthorize an NSA program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans' calls and texts.
June 26, 2019


The PCLOB will also review FBI backdoor searches of data collected under Section 702, and the NSA's Call Record Detail program.
June 24, 2019

House Rejects Amendment to Curb NSA Surveillance

Under so-called “backdoor searches,” agencies, including the FBI and DEA, search these communications without ever obtaining a warrant.
May 17, 2019

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.
May 3, 2019

Will the NSA stop mass spying on Americans? Don’t hold your breath

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.
May 1, 2019

It’s Time for DHS to Clean Up Its Act

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.
April 19, 2019

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.
April 1, 2019
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Watch the Spying Dissent Event

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.
March 18, 2019

39 Groups Present 8 More Reasons to Retire Section 215

We have an opportunity to stop intelligence agencies from collecting our phone, email and other records in bulk when Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act sunsets at the end of 2019.
March 17, 2019

Police Department Report-Your-Neighbor Apps Proliferate Without Oversight or Community Input

Remember the good ol’ days when just Big Brother kept tabs on what you did and where you went?