OTG Challenges Ongoing Classification of the CIA Torture Program – September 22, 2015 Newsletter

– Don’t Miss from OTG (more)
– Brief Updates on Coalition Partners & Others (more)
– Coalition Partner Events (more)

Don’t miss from OTG:
OTG challenges ongoing classification of the CIA torture program.

Updates from Coalition Partners & Others:

ABFE and ALA File Brief in New NSA Case

The American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) and the American Library Association (ALA) filed an amicus brief in support of an ACLU lawsuit against the NSA. The suit challenges Upstream, a NSA program that monitors and collects data on electronic communications between the U.S. and other countries containing information on surveillance targets. The ABFE and ALA brief expresses concern for the privacy of digital readers, whose online activity could be swept up in the Upstream program.

Government Accountability Project Works to Protect UN Whistleblowers

GAP has drawn attention to the plight of whistleblowers at the United Nations. GAP asserts that the U.N., despite receiving hundreds of appeals from those who claim to have suffered retaliation, has failed to protect whistleblowers. The situation has reached such a low that many whistleblowers simply resign from their posts rather than risk dismissal or even arrest by reporting fraud or abuse within the U.N. system. Check out GAP’s work with U.N. whistleblowers here.

EFF Presents Evidence on U.S. Phone Carrier Cooperation with NSA

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently submitted evidence in two lawsuits on NSA bulk collection of phone records, showing that AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon cooperated with the agency’s surveillance programs. EFF hopes the documents will help effectively counter the U.S. government position that information on phone carriers that participated in NSA surveillance is a state secret.

EPIC Sues U.S. Coast Guard, DHS over Boater Surveillance Program

The Electronic Privacy Information Center is suing the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security for information on the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS), a government program that would monitor and record the location of boaters. Because the Coast Guard and DHS would share the collected data with federal and state agencies and foreign governments, EPIC argues that the program “exceeds the stated purpose of marine safety and constitutes an ongoing risk to the privacy and civil liberties of boaters across the United States.”

Coalition Partner Events:

Banned Book Week American Booksellers for Free Expression, September 27-October 3

Experience Engagement Journalism that Matters, October 1-4

Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2015 Center for Democracy & Technology, October 12-14

 

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