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ACLU calls on University of Michigan to change student sexual misconduct policy

“The court ruled that a public university must give a student accused of sexual misconduct an in-person hearing and an opportunity for cross-examination” writes Martin Slagter for mlive.com. ANN ARBOR, MI – The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the University of Michigan to change an interim student sexual misconduct policy that was updated earlier this year to adhere to a ruling of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.Of the nine hearings conducted to date under the interim policy, all have occurred with the students being separated, Fitzgerald…

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ICE uses a massive database tracking driver location data to target immigrants

“ICE has privacy rules that require all use of license plate data to be documented requests” writes Alfred Ng for cnet.com. ICE, for its part, said in a statement that it doesn’t use the license plate data “to locate or track individuals who have no connection to ICE investigatory or enforcement activities.”. The database adds an additional 150 million to 200 million new license plate scans every month, according to documents the ACLU obtained.An additional 1.5 billion license plate data points came from over 80 local police departments in dozens…

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ICE uses database that tracks license plates, raising privacy concerns

“ICE has privacy rules that require all use of license plate data to be documented requests” writes Alfred Ng for cnet.com. The database adds an additional 150 million to 200 million new license plate scans every month, according to documents the ACLU obtained.An additional 1.5 billion license plate data points came from over 80 local police departments in dozens of states, the documents show.The company says it has license plate data from about 60 percent of the US population, from areas including Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, San…

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Thousands of ICE employees can access license plate reader data, emails show

“In emails obtained by the ACLU, ICE was told that law enforcement could expect access to billions of license plate scans, with hundreds of millions more added each month” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. A law enforcement data-sharing process makes the system “as easy as adding a friend on your favorite social media platform,” according to the emails.Immigration and Customs Enforcement allows thousands of employees to access a controversial license plate database with questionable legal safeguards in place to prevent abuse, the American Civil Liberties Union said today as it…

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ACLU releases documents showing ICE lets thousands of employees access a controversial licence plate database with little oversight

“In emails obtained by the ACLU, ICE was told that law enforcement could expect access to billions of license plate scans, with hundreds of millions more added each month” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. A law enforcement data-sharing process makes the system “as easy as adding a friend on your favorite social media platform,” according to the emails.Immigration and Customs Enforcement allows thousands of employees to access a controversial license plate database with questionable legal safeguards in place to prevent abuse, the American Civil Liberties Union said today as it…

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We talked to an ACLU lawyer about what human trafficking really means

“The discussion of human trafficking tends to focus on sex trafficking” writes Hemal Jhaveri Writes for usatoday.com. The conflation of human trafficking with consensual sex work can result in broad and punitive measures that seek to end all commercial sex work.Sex trafficking should be distinguished from consensual sex work, which is often referred to as prostitution. Source: usatoday.com

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ACLU will sue to block Trump’s ‘illegal power grab’ on border security

“This is a patently illegal power grab that hurts American communities and flouts the checks and balances that are hallmarks of our democracy.”” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Since 1976, presidents have cited their authority under the National Emergencies Act 59 times to approve and fund executive projects that were a matter of national security, an administration official said.The American Civil Liberties Union said Friday it will sue the Trump administration next week over its decision to declare a national emergency to fund hundreds of miles of border wall between the U.S. and…

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Surprise! Amazon’s suggestions for facial recognition laws wouldn’t govern them at all

“Reports showcasing the discriminatory potential of Amazon’s own facial recognition technology, Rekognition, directly inspired the report” writes Rachel Kraus for mashable.com. Amazon’s most far reaching suggestion is that all existing civil rights legislation apply to facial recognition technology.The note also suggests that law enforcement use facial recognition in a human-moderated and limited capacity for its investigations. Source: mashable.com

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accepting a two-year position as senior technology fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union

“If you look at the policy issues where they get a warrant to go into a room [that has] a whole bunch of filing cabinets what they get to look at is something the policy issues people have dealt with for decades, centuries” reports vice.com. You’ve been doing security for three decades, do you ever feel like we’ve made very little progress in that time?.  Source: vice.com

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Facebook is trying to defang a strong law on facial recognition

“The brief takes a stance against what appears to be an argument Facebook is advancing in court that would weaken a strong biometric data privacy law” writes Rachel Kraus for mashable.com. Three Illinois plaintiffs are suing Facebook in a class-action suit, stating Facebook did not comply with an Illinois law that requires informed and written consent for the collection of biometric data — in Facebook’s case, facial recognition.Biometric data is sensitive because, unlike a password, you can’t change your face or your fingerprint; once it’s compromised, it’s compromised.The idea of…

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