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Right to Privacy

We Need a 'Do Not Track' List

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Americans are now being tracked as they've never been tracked before. What is normal and accepted these days sounds like a tinfoil-hatted paranoiac's delusion from just a few decades ago, in fact.

The NSA, Planned Parenthood and Your Right to Privacy

Steven Conn | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Not a week seems to go by without more revelations about how the NSA (or recently the UK's GCHQ) monitors our electronic communications. Who knew that all the time I waste watching old movie clips on YouTube was so interesting to the guardians of our national security.

41 Years of Fighting Over Roe

Martha Burk | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

January 22 is the 41st anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Roe was supposed to put an end to the fight over access to a life-saving procedure. Far from it.

Snowden Didn't Take Away Our Privacy, But We Can Still Reclaim It

Gloria Yu | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Gloria Yu

In light of the fact that our behavior fails to align with our purported principles, we are compelled to reassess the value of privacy to American life and what we can do if we hope to reclaim it.

Why Snowden's Passport Matters

Norman Solomon | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Cancelation of the passport wasn't just an effort to prevent the whistleblower from getting to a country that might grant political asylum. It was also a declaration that the U.S. government can nullify the right to travel just as surely as it can nullify the right to privacy.

Get Ready for the Invasion of the 'Civilian-Owned Drone"'

Adam Banner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

It seems somewhat sinister that any private citizen could use an unmanned aerial vehicle for no legitimate purpose. We already have the government spying on us. Do we need our neighbors stalking us as well?

Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

Christopher Calabrese | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Christopher Calabrese

While in these last months the NSA has cast a long, dark shadow over American privacy, don't for a second imagine that it's the only government agency systematically and often secretly intruding on our lives.

Warrantless Curtilage Searches

Brad Reid | Posted 09.16.2013 | Crime
Brad Reid

We may anticipate increasing curtilage legal issues. Curtilage protections impact the sanctity of one's house and the right to privacy, both of which are fundamental in a free society.

If You're Pro-Choice You Should Take Heed

Walker Bragman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

North Carolina is the latest in a string of Republican states to attempt to restrict women's access to reproductive care. But why now, 40 years after Roe v. Wade, which ruled abortion a matter a privacy, are we seeing such a concerted attack from the right?

I'll Be Watching You

Amy Ephron | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Amy Ephron

This week's stunning news that the FBI is using drones as a surveillance tool in the United States almost veered into black comedy -- certainly ripe for a song parody, or rather a parody-song-medley.

Florida Court Denies Teen Seeking Abortion

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Spencer Aronfeld

The record in the case filed as In Re: Jane Doe reflects that the girl testified that she had no job, was unmarried, lived with her mother, and could not adequately provide for a child. In the case of Jane Doe, the Brevard County Court denied her petition.

Thanks, But No Thanks, Edward Snowden

Estelle Nagel | Posted 08.10.2013 | Technology
Estelle Nagel

The truth is that we are hypocritical about privacy. We sign up for sites where we can share too much publically, and then balk because someone might have seen it.

Entertainment Snafu: PATH Becomes an Intruder

Mark Weinstein | Posted 07.21.2013 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The privacy revolution is real. True privacy is an inherent right of law-abiding citizens everywhere.

Boston and the Right to Privacy

Susan Landau | Posted 06.22.2013 | Technology
Susan Landau

In an attempt to use the power of online communities, people scrutinzed photos and videos of the marathon finish line to find the bombers. It seemed as if that might help, but events didn't quite work out that way.

Matt Sledge

Federal Judge Puts A Price On Privacy

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

NEW HAVEN -- Privacy has a price. For Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, it comes out to $2,400 a year. Kozinski, who...

Prioritize Your Rights

Walker Bragman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

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The Legal Battle Over Cell Phone Location Privacy

Larry Bodine | Posted 12.24.2012 | Crime
Larry Bodine

Did you know that every time you use your cell phone to check email, send a text or make a call, your cell phone relays your location to the cell phone company? And that the company keeps your data for months?

Why Must We Eat Our Young?

Catherine Clinch | Posted 10.10.2012 | Parents
Catherine Clinch

Children of divorce tell amazing stories. Not the expected accounts of dysfunctional parents and constant fighting, but stories of emotional survival.

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s Medical Records: A Slippery Slope

Lonna Saunders | Posted 09.17.2012 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

No one should be forced to reveal medical information about themselves to get a job or keep a job unless it directly affects job safety.

BREAKING ECONOMIC NEWS: GOP to Sponsor Innovative Women's Program

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.25.2012 | Comedy
Soraya Chemaly

Anonymous sources think that the GOP is seriously considering officially adopting the Sponsor a Uterus program as part of their economic stimulus agenda.

A Privacy Right to Believe In

James B. Rule | Posted 06.10.2012 | Technology
James B. Rule

Unless you've spent the new millennium on another planet, you've noticed that details of your personal life are circulating more and more freely. The uses of these details often bring rude surprises.

How Mitt Romney Threatens Women's (and Men's) Legal Right to Birth Control and Privacy in the Bedroom

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If the next president is a Republican who gets to replace the ailing Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a judicial conservative, the right to privacy could be a thing of the past and states could enact laws which would pass Constitutional muster restricting access to birth control.

Wait, Aren't Family Homes Off-Limits?

Jacoba Urist | Posted 12.12.2011 | New York
Jacoba Urist

Under all of Occupy Wall Street's signage, there's a fundamental truth we can't afford to ignore: the growing income gap in this country is a big problem for everybody. Yesterday, though, they crossed a line in the sand.

You Have No Rights

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We talk about rights to privacy regularly but few people can point to what exactly those rights are. More importantly, what guarantees those rights? What guarantees us that our rights will not be infringed upon? The answer is... nothing!

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the Media Circus and the Roman Arena

Carlo Strenger | Posted 08.31.2011 | Media
Carlo Strenger

While the damage to Dominique Strauss-Kahn's life and career cannot be mended, he now stands to be publicly vindicated, and there is a good chance that, at least in France, his honor will be restored. Not all victims of the press's hunger for scandal are as lucky.