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.
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.
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.
"Catherine Crump, the co-director of UC Berkeley's Center for Law and Technology told the commission the new law "has the potential to have a nationwide impact."
"Catherine Crump, acting director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at University of California, Berkeley and co-counsel for Macabeo, said the decision is significant not so much because it safeguards phone data but rather because it resists an expansion of the grounds for warrantless police searches.
"Nevertheless, there are some avenues for reform. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers grants for states to buy ALPRs for “highway safety” and Catherine Crump, associate director of Berkeley Law’s Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic, says the federal government could require states to adopt official ALPR policies as a condition of receiving those funds.
"“This is a significant development, and part and parcel of the continued push-back by the American tech sector over surveillance (since) the Snowden disclosures,” said Catherine Crump, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley."
WHAT: “Separating fact from fantasy: Is fake news undermining the truth?” The proliferation of fake news and what can be done about it comes under scrutiny by a multidisciplinary panel of experts assembled at the University of California, Berkeley.
After a deluge of criticism and widespread expression of concern, Facebook announced steps to partially address the threat of never-ending information wars.
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.
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.