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Organizations Supporting Tor: Help Us Help You!

The ACLU of Washington would love to hear from organizations that have or are planning to roll out either Tor relays or the Tor Browser. Supporting Tor is part of our work advocating for privacy, access to information, and free speech. Read More »
 
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State Supreme Court: Work messages on a public employee’s cell phone are public record

Work-related text messages on a public employee’s personal cell phone are public records subject to disclosure, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled Aug. 27. Read More »
 
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Seattle Speaks: Privacy Politics

Date: April 22, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Town Hall, Seattle and broadcast on Seattle Channel
n an era of open government, data is critical to the promise of efficiency and transparency, but does releasing this data publicly harm or help society?  ACLU-WA Legislative Director Shankar Narayan will discuss this issue along with representatives from the Seattle Police Department, city government and local privacy activists. Read More »
 

State v. Roden

This case raised questions about the extent to which the police can use a cell phone obtained during a lawful arrest. Here, the police first looked through texts received by the phone, and then participated in a text conversation (impersonating the phone’s owner), tricking the defendant into expressing interest in drug transactions and then arresting him. Read More »
 

Level 1 Offender Records

The ACLU is concerned with public record requests for information pertaining to level I sex offenders who are in compliance with registration requirements, are judged to pose a low risk to the general public, and are not currently subject to broad based community notification. The ACLU asserts that RCW 4.24.550, the sex offender registration statute, sets forth a comprehensive scheme for agency release to the general public of such information, and thus constitutes an "other statute" exempting these records from the PRA. Read More »
 

Does v. Washington State Patrol

The ACLU is concerned with public record requests for information pertaining to level I sex offenders who are in compliance with registration requirements, are judged to pose a low risk to the general public, and are not currently subject to broad based community notification. The ACLU asserts that RCW 4.24.550, the sex offender registration statute, sets forth a comprehensive scheme for agency release to the general public of such information, and thus constitutes an "other statute" exempting these records from the PRA. Read More »
 

Taking DNA Upon Arrest: Ineffective, Expensive, and Unconstitutional

SB 6314 would allow the collection of DNA samples from arrestees who have not yet been convicted of any crime. But this kind of DNA collection has not reduced crime in the states that have tried it. Analyzing the DNA of every felony arrestee is expensive, exacerbates crime lab backlogs, unfairly targets communities of color, and takes samples from large numbers of people who are unlikely to commit future crimes. Read More »
 
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Taking DNA from Arrestees - SB 6314

Position: oppose
Status: Did not pass out of Senate Law & Justice Committee.
This bill would allow the collection of DNA samples from people who have been arrested but not convicted of any crime. DNA contains highly personal biological information, including information about genetic disorders, susceptibility to diseases, predisposition to traits, and more. Collecting samples invades privacy, and doing so without a conviction likely violates the state constitution. Read More »
 
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