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Feb
12
2016
NYCLU Posts Notice of Raza and Handschu Settlements

The New York Civil Liberties Union today posted notice of a proposed settlement in two class action lawsuits, Raza v. City of New York and Handschu v. Special Services Division. Please see the notice below for information on the settlement: Notice of Fairness Hearing The follow documents contain additional information about the settlements: Raza: Motion for Approval

Jan
20
2016
NYCLU: Assemblyman Dinowitz Commits to Introducing a Statewide Digital Privacy Bill

The New York Civil Liberties Union announced today that New York Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz will introduce the New York State Electronic Communication Privacy Act, a bill that will require police to get a warrant before seizing or accessing sensitive information from people’s phones, emails and text messages. The NYCLU’s announcement is one of 17 taking place simultaneously throughout the country, as a bipartisan collection of elected officials introduce digital privacy legislation in states including Illinois, Hawaii, Alabama and New Hampshire.

Jan
7
2016
Landmark Settlement Protects American Muslims From Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance

In a landmark settlement announced today, the New York City Police Department has agreed to reforms designed to protect New York Muslims and others from discriminatory and unjustified surveillance. As a further safeguard, the settlement installs a civilian representative within the NYPD to act as a check on investigations involving political or religious activity. The settlement was reached in two lawsuits, Raza v. City of New York and Handschu v. Special Services Division.

Oct
26
2015
Facebook Has the Right to Protect its Users’ Information from Illegal Searches

The New York Civil Liberties Union is filing a motion for leave to file an amicus brief today urging the New York Court of Appeals to review a lower court’s decision barring Facebook from protecting the privacy of its users against sweeping search warrants issued by the Manhattan district attorney.

Oct
13
2015
NYPD Unlawfully Hiding X-Ray Van Use in City Neighborhoods, NYCLU Argues

The New York Civil Liberties Union is filing a motion for leave to file an amicus brief today, urging the Appellate Division, First Department to uphold a lower court’s decision requiring the NYPD to release information on its use of Z Backscatter Vans, otherwise known as x-ray vans. “People should be informed if military grade x-ray vans are damaging their health with radiation or peering inside their homes or cars,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “New Yorkers have a right to protect their health, welfare and privacy.”

Jul
14
2015
ACLU, NYCLU Ask Appeals Court to Halt NSA's Resumption of Bulk Phone Records Collection

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union today asked the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit to halt the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ call records, arguing that immediate action is necessary because the government has resumed surveillance that the appeals court ruled to be illegal.

May
7
2015
Appeals Court Strikes Down NSA Phone Spying Program in ACLU, NYCLU Lawsuit

In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled today that the NSA’s phone-records surveillance program is unlawful.

Apr
22
2015
Government Surveillance Records Show E-ZPass Readers Around New York City

The New York Civil Liberties Union this morning released a trove of government records that reveal that both city and state transportation agencies have set up E-ZPass readers in locations far from toll plazas. The records are part of the NYCLU’s new webpage that hosts records on how government agencies collect information on innocent New Yorkers, which includes recently released documents on Stingray surveillance equipment.

Apr
16
2015
NYC Principals Alerted to Students’ Privacy Rights on Cell Phones

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent a letter to all New York City public school principals alerting them to students’ privacy rights and urging they adopt a model policy with regard to how their schools handle student cell phones. The letter comes in response to the end of the citywide ban on cell phones in school.

Apr
7
2015
Erie County Sheriff Records Reveal Invasive Use of “Stingray” Technology

The New York Civil Liberties Union released today records it received from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office on its use of ”stingrays,” devices that can track and record New Yorkers’ locations via their cell phones. The records showed that of the 47 times the Sheriff’s Office used stingrays in the past four years, it apparently only once obtained a court order, contradicting the sheriff’s own remarks.

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