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Apr
15
2014
NYPD Shuts Unit That Mapped Muslim Communities

The New York Police Department has shuttered the unit that created maps and collected other information on Muslim communities in the New York City area, according to a report today by The New York Times. "The NYPD's disbanding of a unit that targeted New York Muslims and mapped their everyday institutions and activities is a welcome first step for which we commend Commissioner Bratton," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. "We hope that the Demographics Unit's discriminatory activities will not be carried out by other parts of the NYPD."

Jan
7
2014
NYCLU Demands NYPD and DOT Records on E-ZPass Readers

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York City Department of Transportation and the NYPD formal legal requests for information on how they use E-ZPass readers to track and record New Yorkers’ movements. The request was filed after several recent press reports documented the use of E-ZPass readers to collect information on law-abiding New Yorkers far from toll plazas.

Sep
30
2013
Argument before Federal Judge to End NYPD Surveillance of Muslim Community; Advocates Call for Court to Appoint a Monitor

Tomorrow, Federal District Court Judge Charles S. Haight will hear arguments in the long-running class action lawsuit governing New York City Police Department surveillance of First Amendment activity, asking him to enjoin the NYPD’s program of surveillance of Muslim communities in New York and elsewhere in the absence of suspected criminal activity. The motion, made in February 2013, contends these NYPD activities violate court-ordered guidelines, and asks the court to appoint a monitor to ensure compliance with the guidelines.

Jun
27
2013
NY's Highest Court Rules GPS Tracking of State Employee's Personal Car Unlawful

In a victory for privacy rights, the New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, unanimously ruled today that New York State acted unlawfully when it planted a GPS tracking device on a government employee’s personal car and tracked his movements outside of working hours.

Jun
18
2013
Rights Groups File Lawsuit Challenging NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Program as Unconstitutional

The NYPD is routinely violating the civil rights of Muslims across New York City by operating an unconstitutional religious profiling and suspicionless surveillance program, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by New York City residents represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project of Main Street Legal Services, Inc. at CUNY School of Law.

Jun
11
2013
ACLU, NYCLU File Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of NSA Phone Spying Program

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a constitutional challenge to a surveillance program under which the National Security Agency vacuums up information about every phone call placed within, from, or to the United States. The lawsuit argues that the program violates the First Amendment rights of free speech and association as well as the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment. The complaint also charges that the dragnet program exceeds the authority that Congress provided through the Patriot Act.

May
28
2013
NY’s High Court to Hear NYCLU Challenge to GPS Tracking of State Employee’s Personal Car

The state’s highest court will tomorrow hear arguments in a New York Civil Liberties Union case challenging New York State’s warrantless planting of a GPS tracking device on a government employee’s personal car. The device, planted as part of an investigation into workplace misconduct, tracked the whereabouts of 30-year Department of Labor employee Michael Cunningham and his family on their personal car for at least a month, including during evenings, weekends and while the family went on vacation out of state.

Feb
4
2013
Court Filing Seeks to End NYPD Surveillance of Muslim Community

Partnering civil rights attorneys today filed papers in federal court seeking to stop the NYPD from creating dossiers on innocent Muslim New Yorkers and end the Police Department’s ability to initiate investigations into Muslim New Yorkers when there is no belief that they have engaged or are about to engage in unlawful activity or an act of terrorism. The filing is part of the Handschu v. Special Services Division proceeding, a decades-old federal case that has produced a series of court orders regulating NYPD surveillance of political and religious activity.

Aug
21
2012
NYPD Testimony on Muslim Surveillance Operation Highlights Futility of Spying on Innocent People

Court testimony released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union and partnering civil rights attorneys affirms that the NYPD’s Demographics Unit spied on Muslim New Yorkers only because of their ethnicity and native language – not because they were suspected of criminal activity – and reveals that the intelligence gathering never resulted in a lead in a terrorism investigation.

Feb
27
2012
NYCLU and ACLU Call for Federal Probe Into Use of White House Funds for NYPD’s Religious Profiling

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union today called for a federal investigation into the reported use of White House funds by the NYPD for its religious and racial profiling activities. Today the Associated Press reported that the NYPD used federal funds to support its surveillance of Muslim communities with no suspicion of wrongdoing.

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