Today, a coalition of organizations committed to government openness and accountability, civil liberties, human rights, and civil rights, is calling on Congress to support legislation demanding greater transparency from private prisons that contract with the federal government.
Transparent Policing and Accountable Law Enforcement
Congress should demand greater transparency and oversight for law enforcement, not more militarization
A federal program that provides state and local police departments with military-grade surveillance equipment and tactical weapons lacks proper oversight and accountability mechanisms, according to Members of the House Armed Services Committee.
At today's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the FBI’s use of facial recognition technology, serious secrecy and privacy concerns were raised about the collection, sharing and use of such biometrics data. Greater oversight and transparency, areas of serious concern for open government groups and civil rights advocates alike, are critical to ensuring the public’s right to know about the expanding collection and use of such data.
OTG has joined a coalition of national, state, and local criminal justice, civil rights, human rights, women’s rights, disability rights, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ, faith-based, and open government organizations in writing the Department of Justice (DOJ) in response to the Department's proposed implementation of the Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA).
OTG joins coalition in calling for DOJ investigation of law enforcement use of face recognition technology
Today, OpenTheGovernment.org is joining a coalition of civil liberties, civil and human rights, immigrant rights, faith, digital rights and transparency organizations, in expressing concern regarding the use of face recognition technology by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
Challenges to law enforcement transparency and accountability efforts highlighted at 2016 FOI Summit Session
On October 8th, OpenTheGovernment.org organized and moderated a session on law enforcement transparency and accountability at the 2016 National Freedom of Information Coalition FOI Summit. The session continues OTG’s work to identify avenues to support the work of the civil rights and social justice community on law enforcement reform.
Coalition: DOJ’s proposed implementation of Deaths In Custody Reporting Act does not meet the law’s requirements
Today, OpenTheGovernment.org joined a coalition of criminal justice, civil rights, human rights, faith-based, immigrant rights, LGBTQ, and open government organizations in expressing concern over the Justice Department’s proposed implementation of the Deaths In Custody Reporting Act (DICRA) -- which requires states and federal law enforcement agencies, to report to the Attorney General certain information on the death of any person who is de
Coalition submits comments opposing FBI proposal to exempt controversial biometrics database from Privacy Act protections
Today, OpenTheGovernment.org submitted comments -- endorsed by civil rights, human rights, immigrant rights, privacy and transparency organizations -- to the Department of Justice about proposed Privacy Act exemptions to the FBI’s biometrics database – the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system. The comments oppose the FBI proposal to exempt the NGI system from virtually every key provision of the Privacy Act. The comments call for stro