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.
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.
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.
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.
"“It’s really exciting,” said Catherine Crump, an assistant clinical professor at UC Berkeley’s law school, who has been following Oakland’s story.
“It’s an example of a community trying to grasp hold of how technology is changing, and actually exert some control over the degree which people are going to be subject to surveillance and then in what ways,” she said.
"Catherine Crump, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, also welcomed the news.
"Stingrays are exactly the sort of invasive surveillance technology for which the warrant requirement was designed," she said by e-mail. "Congress has done little to protect our civil liberties in the face of new technologies.""
"“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.""
""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.""
""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.""
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.
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:
CIS Non-Residential Fellow Catherine Crump will be presenting at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University.
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.