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Cell Site Simulator Census

A nationwide census of cellphone surveillance equipment use and policy.

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Nine Days of FOIA Exemptions: b(6)

Nine Days of FOIA Exemptions: b(6)

With Sunshine Week just around the corner, we wanted to count down the days to our favorite time of year with a closer look at what’s going on behind the black bars: the nine federal FOIA exemptions. Today, b(6): the privacy exemption.

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In Massachusetts, laws intended to protect domestic abuse victims' privacy are being used to deny access to data about enforcement

In Massachusetts, laws intended to protect domestic abuse victims’ privacy are being used to deny access to data about enforcement

One of the frustrating ironies to come out of efforts to collect information on domestic violence is that sometimes the laws meant to protect victims get in the way of obtaining data that could be used to improve services to them.

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Rules governing the release of autopsy reports vary state-to-state

Rules governing the release of autopsy reports vary state-to-state

For the legal world of the living, the deceased generally lack a right to privacy, their government records suddenly subject to disclosure. But in each state, laws limit what can be released to whom.

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Revisiting the Cell Site Simulator Census

Revisiting the Cell Site Simulator Census

With a New York Judge upgrading the warrant requirement for a cell site simulator from probable cause to eavesdropping, it is important to take a look back at our census and the data researchers have compiled about these invasive surveillance tools.

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We don't know who's heading up Trump's deregulation teams

We don’t know who’s heading up Trump’s deregulation teams

Two months after the deadline set via President Trump’s Executive Order 13777 directing the departments of the federal government to create Regulatory Reform Task Forces, many agencies have still not made public the members comprising the new groups. So who will be deciding which regulations make the cut? Right now, we don’t know.

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