The Fourth Amendment protects digital data the moment it is copied and seized by law enforcement, not just when it is searched, the Brennan Center argued in an amicus brief filed in the "Microsoft Ireland" case this week.
The Senate's report on CIA torture revealed that abuse was far more brutal that previously known, that officials lied about the program, and that the torture itself was ineffective in producing intelligence.
The Justice Department's revised guidelines on profiling by federal law enforcement include modest improvements, such as prohibiting the use of religion and national origin, but ultimately fall short of their purpose.
The Senate fell two votes short of the 60 votes needed to advance the USA Freedom Act, severely undermining any chance of a vote this Congress on surveillance reform and allowing the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records to continue.
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.
A recent report found that CIA officials spied on Senate intelligence committee investigating the agency’s torture program, a discovery that should serve as a wake-up call to Americans who think oversight mechanisms are working.