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Amazon investors are cranking up the pressure on Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to government agencies

Amazon shareholders with shares worth $1.32 billion have filed a resolution aimed at stopping the company selling its controversial facial recognition technology to government agencies. The five investors want Amazon's board to investigate the technology and conclude it "does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights." It is the first time an investor proposal has been put forward on the Rekognition software, and could be the first of its kind at any U...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Florida, Microsoft, Oregon, US, America, Trends, Aclu, Xiaomi, Ice, SEC, Catholic, Jeff Bezos, Long Island

ACLU urges Amazon, Microsoft & Google not to sell face recognition tech to government

The coalition argues that government agencies might abuse facial recognition technology. Google and Microsoft have expressed concern about the potential problems of facial recognition technology. Meanwhile, Amazon has been actively marketing the technology to law enforcement agencies in the U.S. None A coalition comprised of more than 85 of civil, immigrants' and human rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, is urging Google, Microsoft and Amazon not to sell facial recogniti...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Privacy, Congress, California, Mit, Surveillance, Fbi, Aclu, Innovation, Ai, Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, Sundar Pichai, Pichai

Where to volunteer in NYC

In the words of Chidi Anagonye from The Good Place — though actually posed by philosopher T.M. Scanlon — what do we owe to each other? We’re all here together, so we should probably work together to make things better. Volunteering can help us do exactly that, and it does a wealth of good for everyone, including those being helped, the world around us, and ourselves. New York City has its fair share of problems, but it also has a number of places willing to address them. Finding somewhere to ...
Tags: Travel, New York, New York City, Coalition, All, American Civil Liberties Union, Callahan, Carey, Leslie Knope, New York Civil Liberties Union, Girls Clubs of America, Carl Siciliano, Scanlon, Ali Forney, Forney, Chidi Anagonye

Book review: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg”: The evolution of a justice

One might think that the market for treatments of the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be saturated by now. The past three years alone have seen the release of a carefully curated collection of the justice’s writings, “My Own Words,” a surprise hit documentary about her life and career, “RBG,” and a recent feature film, “On the Basis of Sex,” which focuses on the first sex-discrimination case Ginsburg argued in federal court. Now comes “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life,” by Jane...
Tags: Featured, Sweden, Supreme Court, Law, Virginia, Book Reviews, Brooklyn, United States, Aclu, Bill Clinton, Naacp, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, Senate Judiciary Committee, American Civil Liberties Union

Spotlighting criminal-justice debt and its profound impact on the poorest Americans

The New York Times magazine has this lengthy new article about criminal justice debt under this full headline: "How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor: In many parts of America, like Corinth, Miss., judges are locking up defendants who can’t pay — sometimes for months at a time." I recommend the piece in full, and here is a snippet: No government agency comprehensively tracks the extent of criminal-justice debt owed by poor defendants, but experts estimate that those fines and fees total tens...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Oregon, Alabama, America, West, New York Times, Louisiana, Washington State, Ross, National Public Radio, American Civil Liberties Union, Corinth, Southern Poverty Law Center

Sidebar: He Disparaged the Police on Facebook. So They Arrested Him.

The case of a New Hampshire man raises questions about criminal libel laws, which about half of states have and under which prosecutions are not uncommon.
Tags: News, New Hampshire, American Civil Liberties Union, Libel and Slander, Suits and Litigation (Civil, Freedom of Speech and Expression, First Amendment (US Constitution

Drag queens can read to kids again at a Louisiana library

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An agreement has been reached between a Louisiana library and the American Civil Liberties Union to allow Drag Queen Story Time at the library. An agreement was reached Thursday between the Lafayette Public Library and the ACLU allowing anyone to reserve library meeting space for any constitutionally protected purpose. Drag Queen […]
Tags: News, Nation, Aclu, Lafayette, Louisiana, American Civil Liberties Union, La AP, Lafayette Public Library

Kansas County Has Spent $70K So Far On Dodge City Voting Rights Lawsuit

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — A county in western Kansas has paid more than $70,000 so far to a legal firm hired to defend an official who moved Dodge City’s only polling place to outside the iconic Wild West town ahead of the November election. Ford County paid the Hinkle Law Firm $71,481 in October and November to defend County Clerk Debbie Cox, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported , based on a document it obtained through an open records request. The American Civil Liberties Union sued Cox in late...
Tags: News, Aclu, Kansas, Bonds, Cox, American Civil Liberties Union, Wichita, Ford County, Topeka Capital Journal, Dodge City, Capital Journal, ALCU, Kansas County, Bradley Schlozman, Schlozman, DODGE CITY Kan

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group has sued the U.S. government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans’ phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny expires next year. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the National Security Agency, […]
Tags: New York, News, Nsa, Ap, Nation, Aclu, National Security Agency, American Civil Liberties Union, U S government

Supreme Court Won’t Revive Trump Policy Limiting Asylum

Lower courts said the policy, which barred asylum applications from people who had entered the country unlawfully, conflicted with federal law.
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Asylum, Francisco, Trump, American Civil Liberties Union, Roberts, Bybee, Donald J, Immigration and Emigration, Supreme Court (US, Right of, John G Jr, Jay S, Noel J

ACLU To Feds: Your 'Hacking Presents a Unique Threat To Individual Privacy'

The American Civil Liberties Union, along with Privacy International, a similar organization based in the United Kingdom, have now sued 11 federal agencies, demanding records about how those agencies engage in what is often called "lawful hacking." From a report: The activist groups filed Freedom of Information Act requests to the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and nine others. None responded in a substantive way. "Law enforcement use of hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy,...
Tags: New York, Tech, Fbi, United Kingdom, Aclu, Privacy International, American Civil Liberties Union, Drug Enforcement Agency

Film News Roundup: ‘On the Basis of Sex’ Set for Advance Screenings to Support ACLU

In today’s film news roundup, “On the Basis of Sex” will raise funds for the ACLU, Jon M. Chu has a USC scholarship fund named after him, and “The Amityville Murders” gets a release date. FUNDRAISER Gathr Films, Focus Features, and Participant Media have set Jan. 9 screenings for “On the Basis of Sex” at […]
Tags: News, Aclu, Usc, American Civil Liberties Union, Jon M Chu, Participant Media, On the basis of sex

Trump’s DHS Orders Asylum-Seeking Migrants To Wait In Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — Migrants heading to the southwest border to seek asylum in the United States will have to wait in Mexico until their claims are processed, under an agreement between the two countries announced on Thursday that will affect tens of thousands of people each month. Only about 9 percent of people are actually granted asylum. The Trump administration says too many migrants make false claims. “They will not be able to disappear into the United States,” Homeland Security Secretary Kir...
Tags: News, Washington, Mexico, America, Ap, United States, Mexico City, Associated Press, Nielsen, Honduras, Donald Trump, Central America, Trump, U S Customs, American Civil Liberties Union, El Salvador Guatemala

US says asylum-seeking migrants must wait in Mexico with new agreement

Migrants heading to the southwest border to seek asylum in the United States will have to wait in Mexico until their claims are processed, under an agreement between the two countries announced on Thursday that will affect tens of thousands of people each month. Only about 9 percent of people are actually granted asylum. The Trump administration says too many migrants make false claims. “They will not be able to disappear into the United States,” Nielsen said on Thursday in remarks before the Ho...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Mexico, US, California News, America, Sport, Soccer, United States, Nielsen, Honduras, Donald Trump, Central America, Tijuana, Trump

Judge Blocks Trump Restrictions On Asylum Seekers Escaping Domestic Violence, Gangs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has blocked restrictive Trump administration policies that prevented some immigrants from seeking asylum due to domestic and gang violence in their home countries. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled on Wednesday that some of the guidance that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued this year cannot be used to determine whether an immigrant has a credible fear of persecution or torture in his or her home country. That’s the first step to making an ...
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, Trump, U S District Court, American Civil Liberties Union, Jeff Sessions, Emmet Sullivan, Cristina Cabrera

Lawmakers Consider Adding Measure Protecting Israel to Languishing Spending Bills

With a partial government shutdown days away, Congress looking to load up the bills with pet measures, including one to protect Israel from boycotts.
Tags: News, Congress, Israel, Trump, Palestinians, American Civil Liberties Union, Law and Legislation, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Shutdowns (Institutional, Federal Budget (US, Languishing Spending Bills

The ACLU Raises Concerns Over Taylor Swift’s Facial Recognition Concert Surveillance

When you go to a Taylor Swift concert, you might expect your face to show up in the background of a crowd selfie (or a thousand). You might not expect to have pictures of your face analyzed in real time by Swift’s security team.Rolling Stone reported that concertgoers at Swift’s May 18 Rose Bowl concert had their identities scanned by sophisticated facial recognition technology embedded in a large screen playing concert clips. Faces were compared to a database of Swift’s known stalkers, as a se...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Taylor Swift, Aclu, Beverly Hills, Rolling Stone, Swift, American Civil Liberties Union, Facial Recognition Concert Surveillance

Amazon's public policy exec got booed in a meeting with New York council members when he evaded a question about the company's business with immigration agencies (AMZN)

Amazon executives appeared in front of New York City's council to answer questions about its headquarters that are heading to Long Island City in New York's borough of Queens. In response to a question about Amazon's relationship with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, VP Brian Huseman said: "We believe the government should have the best available technology." Amazon has faced sharp criticism from the public — and employees as well — for selling its facial recognition software to law...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Congress, New York City, US, Trends, Queens, Jeff Bezos, Customs, American Civil Liberties Union, Bezos, Andy Jassy, Long Island City, AMZN, Corey Johnson, Brad Lander

Symposium: The establishment clause strictly prohibits government preference for one faith — that could change with the Bladensburg Cross case

Heather L. Weaver is a senior staff attorney for the Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at the American Civil Liberties Union. A 40-foot-tall Latin cross made of marble and cement stands on public property at one of the busiest intersections in Bladensburg, Maryland. The Bladensburg Cross is impossible to miss and overshadows everything nearby. Erected as a memorial to soldiers who died in World War I, it is now owned and maintained by a state entity, the Maryland-National Capital Parks a...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, Court, David, United States, Aclu, Jesus, Kennedy, Trump, Antonin Scalia, Buddhist, American Civil Liberties Union, Scalia, 9th Circuit

Trump Admin Asks SCOTUS To Allow Asylum Ban Enforcement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow enforcement of a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Two federal courts have temporarily blocked the policy President Donald Trump announced in November in response to caravans of migrants that were approaching the border. Last week, the federal appeals court in San Francisco said the ban is inconsistent with federal law and an attempted end-run around Congress. The administ...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, San Francisco, Ap, Donald Trump, Trump, John Roberts, American Civil Liberties Union, Elena Kagan, U S Mexico, Jon Tigar, Noel Francisco

Pearl Harbor anniversary commemorated, Hawaii Department of Education sued over Title IX female access to sports, Big Island beach reopens after lava flow, Patsy Mink statue unveiled, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

The USS Arizona burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, public domain photo Hundreds to gather for 77th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor. As they do every year, hundreds of veterans, service members and dignitaries will solemnly gather Friday to mark the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Hawaii News Now.Ceremonies mark 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack. There will be a number of public events commemorating the date, including a ceremony at Barbers Point, whi...
Tags: Travel, Japan, US, United States, Hawaii, Aclu, Kilauea, Pearl Harbor, Big Island, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature, American Civil Liberties Union, Oahu, Patsy

At Border, Trump Admin Separated 81 Children From Their Families Since June

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Despite the order and a federal judge’s later ruling, immigration officials are allowed to separate a child from a parent in certain cases — serious criminal charges against a parent, concerns over the health an...
Tags: News, Washington, Mexico, Ap, United States, Homeland Security, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Central America, Trump, American Civil Liberties Union, Department of Health and Human Services, Waldman, Lee Gelernt, Kate Riga, Dana Sabraw

The Secret Service Wants To Test Facial Recognition Around the White House

The Secret Service is planning to test facial recognition surveillance around the White House, "with the goal of identifying 'subjects of interest' who might pose a threat to the president," reports The Verge. The document with the plans was published by the American Civil Liberties Union, describing "a test that would compare closed circuit video footage of public White House spaces against a database of images -- in this case, featuring employees who volunteered to be tracked." From the report...
Tags: White House, Tech, Aclu, Secret Service, American Civil Liberties Union

DOJ Made Secret Arguments To Break Crypto, Now ACLU Wants To Make Them Public

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Earlier this year, a federal judge in Fresno, California, denied prosecutors' efforts to compel Facebook to help it wiretap Messenger voice calls. But the precise legal arguments that the government made, and that the judge ultimately rejected, are still sealed. On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union formally asked the judge to unseal court dockets and related rulings associated with this ongoing case involving alleged MS-13 gang m...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Tech, Ars Technica, Fbi, Aclu, Doj, American Civil Liberties Union, Fresno California

ACLU critiques planned LAPD discipline changes

LOS ANGELES — As the Los Angeles City Council is close to finalizing a new policy for police disciplinary panels to include more regular citizens, the American Civil Liberties Union and some other groups released a report Thursday critical of some of the proposed changes. The City Council earlier this month voted to have the city’s attorneys draft a proposed ordinance that would give Los Angeles police officers facing possible discipline the option of appearing before an all- civilian review boa...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, City Council, Local News, Lapd, Los Angeles City Council, American Civil Liberties Union, Wesson, San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys, Los Angeles Police Protective League, LA City Council

ACLU Wants Release of Secret Court Order Demanding Facebook Build Surveillance Backdoor

The American Civil Liberties Union wants to know how and why, exactly, a joint federal-state task force tracking the MS-13 gang tried to order social giant Facebook to build a backdoor into its Messenger app for surveillance purposes, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Messenger, Science, Technology, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Encryption, Law Enforcement, Department Of Justice, Doj, American Civil Liberties Union, Ms 13

Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

American Civil Liberties Union wants to know what govt asked for, and why court refused The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a motion to find out what went on in a court case in which the US Department of Justice allegedly tried to make Facebook give it unencrypted access to Messenger calls.…
Tags: Facebook, Software, Aclu, American Civil Liberties Union, US Department of Justice, The American Civil Liberties Union ACLU

ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger

Earlier this year, the U.S. government tried to force Facebook to secretly recode its Messenger app to allow the feds to listen into an encrypted, real-time voice call on suspected members associated with the notorious MS-13 gang. It was only when reporters revealed that when Facebook declined, the feds pushed the court to hold the company in contempt. The case collapsed, but details of the case remain under seal and out of the public eye. Now, the ACLU wants to know how the feds tried to pull i...
Tags: Apple, Security, Facebook, Messenger, Microsoft, California, Stanford, Government, US, Tech, Spokesperson, Whatsapp, Surveillance, Encryption, Software, United States