When a parent in Connecticut read "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," he found its descriptions of the high school experience "inappropriate." Other parents felt that it was his request for its removal is what was really inappropriate.
As you are no doubt aware, taxes are due today in the United States. And while shelling out thirty bucks so TurboTax will file your state return is bad enough, here's Senate subcommittee hearing from 2012 entitled "Offshore Profit Shifting and the U.S. Tax Code" to really ruin your day.
As we mentioned last week, MuckRock user Evan Anderson recently received a cache of documents related to the Austin Regional Intelligence Center, providing invaluable insight into how the Federal government works with local law enforcement to wage the war on terror. Among these revelations: the FBI really wants a moment of your time to fill out this quick survey.
Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement posted a call for bids for database access to one of the existing nationwide networks of license plate readers. The next day, the ICE records team responded that they were unable to track down the order that top officials issued last year to scrap a similar proposal amid serious privacy concerns.
Back in December, MuckRock user Dean Triplett put in a request for all of the terminated .gov domains within the last ten years. Last week, the request came in, bringing with it a GeoCities-worthy cache of web 1.0. Warning: egregious use of frames and comic sans ahead.
Hundreds of thousands of travelers cross US borders every day. And none of them — save the precious few with diplomatic immunity — have any right to privacy, according to Department of Homeland Security documents recently obtained by MuckRock.
Before they can deploy a StingRay cell phone tracker, state and local law enforcement must sign a non-disclosure agreement with the FBI. But the public did not know the precise terms of this NDA until yesterday, when the full six-page agreement was released in unredacted form as part of a lawsuit won by the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Incarceration does not prevent illness. It does, however, make it more difficult to advocate for appropriate treatment, and the lack of adequate medical care in private and public prisons alike is one of those issues of human decency also contributing to facilities’ inefficient operation and failure to rehabilitate its inmates. MuckRock wants to help you find out who and where.
A casual email exchange between two police officials gives a rare look into the role that social media can play in modern policing. Barring restrictive privacy settings, there are few legal or practical limitations on monitoring an individual’s social media posts, or retaining such information for future investigations.