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July 2, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

Privacy After Carpenter: We Need Warrants for Real-Time Tracking and “Electronic Exhaustion”



Cell phone surveillance screen The Supreme Court’s Carpenter decision greatly expanded location privacy rights, but serious problems remain. Congress should act swiftly to enact a warrant requirement for real-time cellphone tracking and create “electronic exhaustion.”

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

June 28, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

The Carpenter Decision: A Huge Step Forward for Privacy Rights but Major Problems Remain



Police cell phones The Supreme Court's decision in Carpenter v. United States will create significant privacy protections, and lays the foundation for how the Fourth Amendment will function in the digital age. However, significant issues remain.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

June 8, 2018

By Andrea Peterson

A Dangerous Escalation in “The War on Leaks”



Silhouette whistleblower During an investigation into leaks from a Senate Intelligence Committee staffer, the Justice Department went after journalist Ali Watkins’ data—seizing years of records related to her email accounts and phone number, according to a letter Justice sent to W

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

May 23, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

ICE Backs Down on “Extreme Vetting” Automated Social Media Scanning



ICE cyber monitoring In a major victory for civil rights and civil liberties advocates, ICE has shut down its plan to include unreliable automated social media scanning as part of an “Extreme Vetting” program. However ICE’s plans for Extreme Vetting are still problematic, espe

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

May 22, 2018

By Andrea Peterson

A Q&A with the NSA’s Internal Watchdog



Robert Storch NSA POGO talks with the NSA’s first independently-appointed Inspector General.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, National Security

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