04/08/2010 - A new RAND report asked British citizens how much it would cost for them to trade privacy for security during three mundane activities: applying for a passport, traveling on a train, and attending a major event. (From the April 2010 Issue)
02/26/2010 - Police officers who claim that their employers illegally read their private text messages will get to take their case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The outcome of the case will affect how employers deal with workplace communications.
11/30/2009 - The United States are working toward a broad information-sharing agreement that addresses the question of redress, specifically whether all persons, not just legal U.S. residents, would be able obtain data about them held in government databases and correct errors. The two sides have issued a series of statements highlighting the two sides' common ground:
May 2008: US-EU High Level Contact Group Report
December 2008: US-EU Statement on Common Data Privacy and Protection Principles
October 2009: US-EU Joint Statement
11/24/2009 - In response to past incidents of improper intelligence collection efforts directed against legal U.S. groups, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reemphasized its commitment to civil liberties and privacy protections, including creating a possible connection between those policies and grant awards. (Updated)
11/13/2009 - Sharing information domestically and internationally to fight terrorists and transnational criminals doesn't have to shred privacy and civil liberties protections, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told lawyers during a speech today.
A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that e-mails between an employee and her attorney that were sent through the employee’s private e-mail account are privileged. The court ruled that the privilege holds even though the employee sent the e-mails from work over her employer’s computer network. The court ruled that the company’s electronic communications policy did not mean that the employee’s private e-mails became the company’s property. (Stengart v. Loving Care Agency, Superior Court of New Jersey, No. A-3506-08T1, 2009)
08/12/2009 - A new report from a privacy watchdog warns that Americans are losing their privacy as they travel through public space due to location-based technological services such as EZ Pass and cellphones.
07/28/2009 - The Constitution and 9-11 argues that the Bush administration's response to 9-11 has damaged America's constitutionally protected rights and culture, much like earlier periods in U.S. history.