The Brennan Center, together with the American Civil Liberties Union, submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the agency’s proposal to create a new system of records that would collect and store sensitive biometric and biographic information about individuals seeking immigration benefits and other residents of the United States, including U.S. citizens.
The Brennan Center, along with 30 other civil rights and government oversight organizations, sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 29, 2018, urging them to consider President Trump’s final two nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB)
Law enforcement use of social media to monitor and track civilians, including through the use of undercover accounts, raises novel legal and policy dilemmas. As new technology lowers the technical and financial costs of surveillance, we need to take care to safeguard individuals’ rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and freedom of association, and ensure that these tools are subject to mechanisms for transparency and accountability.
On August 17, the Brennan Center joined a coalition letter to New York City’s Automated Decision Systems Task Force, recommending policies and procedures to govern the use of algorithmic systems in city government.