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
"“Where someone goes can reveal a great deal about how he chooses to live his life," Catherine Crump, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told Ars. "Do they park regularly outside the Lighthouse Mosque during times of worship? They’re probably Muslim. Can a car be found outside Beer Revolution a great number of times? May be a craft beer enthusiast—although possibly with a drinking problem."" Read more » about We know where you’ve been: Ars acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops
""Vigilant Video is compiling a vast database tracking Americans’ movements, and it’s no surprise that one of the most prolific users of surveillance, the NYPD, would seek to access it," Catherine Crump, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told Ars. "But this data raises profound privacy issues, for the first time enabling the mass tracking of Americans, and we haven’t even begun to have a meaningful conversation about what the appropriate uses are for this type of data."" Read more » about NYPD to conduct “virtual stakeouts,” get alerts on wanted cars nationwide
""The government has essentially created a program of mass tracking," Catherine Crump, a former ACLU lawyer who now teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, told Ars. "The US has created a system where the government can track you and the American public simply has to accept it as a fait accompli."" Read more » about US expands spy program on American drivers beyond border region
"Catherine Crump, Associate Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law, agrees. "After the Supreme Court's decision in Riley, I think there is significant doubt as to whether the government's policy of conducting suspicionless searches of cell phones and laptops at the international border is constitutional," Crump told CPJ." Read more » about For journalists coming into US, policies border on the absurd
"After nine years as an American Civil Liberties Union litigator, most recently working on privacy and technology issues, Catherine Crump is in her first semester as associate director of UC-Berkeley's Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic. She spoke with The Recorder about the legal questions surrounding privacy and new technologies."
The 5th annual Privacy Identity Innovation conference, pii2014 Silicon Valley, will explore where innovation is heading, what it means for the future of privacy and identity, and how to build trust in emerging technologies and business models. 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