The UN called mass surveillance programs “corrosive of online privacy” and “impinges on the very essence” of the international right to privacy in a new report. The report adds to the growing chorus of international voices condemning mass surveillance as an unjustifiable violation of our human rights.
In a unanimous ruling, the state Supreme Court ruled the ID law violated the state constitution by imposing an additional "qualification" to voting. With this law blocked, 21 states will now have new restrictions in place since the 2010 election.
The two rulings come as many Americans face an ever-shifting voting landscape before heading to the polls this November. Since the 2010 election, new restrictions are slated to be in place in 22 states.
For the second time in two weeks the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law making it harder to vote, first in Ohio and yesterday in North Carolina. Courts should serve as a bulwark against rollbacks to voting rights, not an obstacle to the ballot box.