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. Read more » about Another State Supreme Court Considers Warrantless GPS Tracking
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. Read more » about A cop may be following you everywhere
When President Barack Obama responded to this summer's torrent of disclosures about the National Security Agency by commissioning a review board, some wondered whether waiting for the committee to report its findings would involve a lot of delay and not much in the way of progress. Read more » about The best week for privacy in a long time
Thanks to Edward Snowden we now understand that the NSA runs many dragnet surveillance programs, some of which target Americans. But a story yesterday from Washington, D.C. public radio station WAMU is a reminder that dragnet surveillance is not just a tool of the NSA—the local police use mass surveillance as well. Read more » about Mass Location Tracking: It’s Not Just For the NSA
"“The dragnet surveillance of hundreds of millions of cell phones flouts our international obligation to respect the privacy of foreigners and Americans alike,” ACLU Staff Attorney Catherine Crump told TIME." Read more » about NSA Tracking Cell Phone Location Data Worldwide
"“These protections are important,” says the ACLU lawyer, Catherine Crump, “because where people go reveals a great deal about them, from who their friends are, where they visit the doctor and where they choose to worship.”" Read more » about EDITORIAL: Thwarting domestic spies
""Lavabit's business was predicated on offering a secure email service, and no company could possible tell its clients that it offers a secure service if its keys have been handed over to the government," Crump said." Read more » about ACLU: Lavabit 'fatally undermined' by US request for encryption keys
'"At first, we didn't think it posed much of a privacy problem," Crump said. The ACLU saw a system that triggered a real-time alert to the presence of a stolen vehicle, or a car linked to a fugitive, and that seemed acceptable. But then the group realized police were storing the license plate scans — whether or not there had been a "hit."" Read more » about Police May Know Exactly Where You Were Last Tuesday
"Catherine Crump testified before Congress today on location tracking and privacy, and the GPS Act that would increase legal protections for our location data. The hearing was before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, and you can read her written testimony submitted here." Read more » about The House Hearing on Location Tracking Law (or the Lack Thereof)
For more information and to register, please visit the pii2014 website.
Below is the preliminary schedule of events for the pii2014 Silicon Valley conference, taking place November 12 -14, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto hotel. All the speakers are confirmed, but the schedule is subject to change. Read more » about Privacy Identity Innovation
For more information and to register for this event please visit UC Hasting's website.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:00 PM (Room A, 198 McAllister)
Screening, The Conversation (Coppola, 1974)
Friday, November 7, 2014 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (L.B. Mayer Auditorium, 198 McAllister)
Presentations by nationally prominent scholars, historians, litigators and policy makers: Read more » about The Conversation at 40: Privacy and Technology, Mr. Coppola and the Courts
CIS Non-Residential Fellow Catherine Crump will be presenting at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. Read more » about The Fourth Amendment in the Era of Mass Dataveillance: A View From The Trenches
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. Read more » about Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference