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The advance of technology presents both opportunities for and challenges to liberty. As new technologies are implemented, their impacts on civil liberties must be considered. The ACLU supports uses of technology that enhance privacy and freedom while opposing those that undermine liberty and move us closer to a surveillance society.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
In February 2008, without notice and despite a city council budget restriction to the contrary, former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels pulled a political end-around to have police surveillance cameras installed in Cal Anderson Park. At the time, the action was defended with the explanation that this was just a pilot program that would allow the the city to evaluate the effectiveness of the cameras. The forced pilot project ended in late January of this year, but as of April, the cameras were still recording 24 hours a day, unbeknown to the police or city council.
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Friday, May 7, 2010
The ACLU passed out informational flyers as Camerahead agents took their performance art to Seattle's Cal Anderson Park.
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Friday, January 22, 2010
A hearing was held in the Senate Transportation Committee on Jan. 21, at 1:30 p.m. on a bill (SB 6499) sponsored by Sen. Ed Murray that would prevent government and private parties from tracking individuals' travels based on their use of toll facilities.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Letter from Kathleen Taylor re: An effort by some police officials to repeal or significantly modify Seattle’s Police Intelligence Ordinance.
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Thursday, January 7, 2010
After months of advocacy, the ACLU scored another win for privacy, this time with a new regional transit card. As with the Enhanced Driver’s License, we worked to limit the potential for tracking and monitoring of individuals without their knowledge.
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Monday, December 7, 2009
The ACLU-WA is working with legislators to add privacy protections to bills that authorize tolling and set up a photo enforcement system on the Highway 520 bridge
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Friday, December 4, 2009
Research has shown that government cameras in public places don’t reduce crime. The ACLU-WA has been a vocal opponent of efforts to place police surveillance cameras in Seattle parks.
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Friday, December 4, 2009
Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata on Surveillance Cameras in Parks
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Unconstitutional law allows spying on Americans without warrants or judicial oversight, threatening privacy and free speech rights.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
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