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Forget Your Feelings About Trump, Say Allies of NSA Whistleblower, ‘Snowden Pardon Would Be a Major Win’

After President Donald Trump suggested in an interview published Thursday night by the New York Post that he is open to pardoning Edward Snowden, civil liberties advocates issued a fresh wave of calls urging the president to following through and allow the American whistleblower to return to the United States. The U.S.-based Freedom of the …

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Real Answers Demanded After Barr Dodges on Government Authority to Aim ‘Intrusive Surveillance Tools’ at Protesters

An exchange about government spying powers between Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Attorney General William Barr during a Tuesday House Judiciary Committee hearing prompted calls for an immediate explanation from the Trump administration about the legal basis for using advanced surveillance techniques on protesters nationwide. Lofgren, a California Democrat, explained in a series of tweets that …

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‘A Victory for Us All’: In Rebuke to US Mass Surveillance, EU Court Blocks Data Transfers by Web Corporations

A major ruling from the European Union’s top court on Thursday curtailed U.S. authorities’ power to surveil the personal data of Europeans and is being called a victory for privacy rights and a call for U.S. lawmakers to roll out sweeping surveillance reforms. The E.U. Court of Justice invalidated a transatlantic data protection deal with the U.S., ruling …

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100+ Racial Justice Groups Urge Congress to Defund ‘Unconstitutional and Dangerous’ Police Surveillance

More than 100 racial justice and civil liberties groups are calling on Congress to end all federal funding for surveillance technology being used by law enforcement to spy on activists and demonstrators taking part in the ongoing protest movement sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. “Use of these tools to monitor protesters is …

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Rights Groups Demand House Democrats Fix Bill That Gives FBI Power to Search Browser Histories Without Warrant

Over 50 anti-surveillance groups put pressure on the Democrat-controlled House “to seize this moment in defense of Americans’ civil liberties” in a new letter urging the chamber to pass the Senate-cleared USA Freedom Reauthorization Act only if it includes a key privacy protecting amendment. The letter (pdf), sent to House leadership Monday, calls the amendment …

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Big Brother in the Age of Coronavirus: 100+ Groups Warn Against Exploiting Pandemic to Permanently Expand Surveillance State

As the number of COVID-19 cases climbed toward a million worldwide on Thursday, over 100 human rights groups issued a joint statement warning that governments’ response to the coronavirus pandemic “must not be used as a cover to usher in a new era of greatly expanded systems of invasive digital surveillance.” “Now more than ever, …

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