Catherine Crump is an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. She litigates cases on many issues, from challenges to invasive government surveillance programs, to protecting the right to engage in political protest, to suing police officers for excessive force. Current cases include constitutional challenges to the government’s authority to engage in suspicionless searches of laptops at the international border and to its assertion that it can track the location of cell phones without a warrant.
On Friday, the ACLU of Delaware filed a brief with the Delaware Supreme Court arguing that law enforcement agents should not be permitted to attach a GPS device to a car without getting a search warrant.
Across California, young people in the juvenile justice system are routinely tracked 24/7 with GPS ankle monitors that are often touted as “better than jail.” That’s too low a standard for a technology used on children.
Palo Alto lawmakers have proposed legislation granting the community greater control over police surveillance — including the Police Department’s purchase and use of equipment such as drones, license plate readers and social media monitoring software. Palo Alto and 10 other cities around the country that have proposed similar laws are part of a movement to bring the community and elected representatives into decisions by local police to acquire such powerful and invasive surveillance technologies. We all should urge our own elected representatives to take similar steps.
After months of consideration, the San Francisco Police Commission approved rules Wednesday for use of the latest innovation sweeping law enforcement nationwide — police body-worn cameras. Toney Chaplin, San Francisco’s acting police chief, had announced on his first full day in the job last month that deploying body cameras was his top priority.
The crackdown on protesters after the police shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, highlighted that more and more, police departments possess sophisticated weapons and equipment originally designed for the battlefield. Federal anti-terrorism funding is a major driver of this trend, but once police departments have this equipment they use it -- even if it's not against terrorists.
"“We learned that the monitors may be setting kids up for failure,” said Catherine Crump, director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at Berkeley Law, which partnered with the East Bay Community Law Center to produce the report. “The terms are too onerous, kids are monitored for too long, and the rules are arbitrarily enforced.”"
""People in one county didn't even know what the county next door's policies were," said Catherine Crump, an assistant clinical professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law."
"On the other side of the argument, Catherine Crump, acting director of Samuelson Law for the Berkeley School of Law, focused her argument on the dangers of providing a backdoor to any device to the government and expect it to only be used by the “good guys.”
She drew a parallel between handing the FBI a second master key to iPhones and recent worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack, which was launched using leaked National Security Agency (NSA) exploits.
"Crump also made that point. “The problem with that is that you cannot build a back door that works only for the U.S. government, good guys, or other people with good motives.”"
"“Based on the policy and reported incidents, my best guess is that CBP agents have broad discretion to keep login credentials if they think they will have a reason to use them in the future,” said Catherine Crump, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley who has brought multiple cases against the government’s digital border search policy. “Bottom line: Change your passwords, people!”"
DARC is a multidisciplinary conference about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and drones—with an emphasis on civilian applications.
Attendees will take part in a far-ranging exploration of these technologies and see firsthand the latest advancements in aerial robotics. In addition to looking at the cultural impact, legal challenges, and business potential, we’ll also examine specific applications for drones including: agriculture, policing, wildlife conservation, weather, mapping, logistics, and more.
Jonathan Adler, a professor at Case Western University School of Law, and Catherine Crump, Professor at Berkeley Law School, discuss whether or not police departments can collect and store vast amounts of data collected from license plate readers. They speak with Greg Stohr on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law." Bob Moon and Karen Moscow discuss the days top legal stories.