Transparent Policing and Accountable Law Enforcement
ICE HAS MISSED TWO DETENTION REPORTING DEADLINES SET BY CONGRESS IN MARCH
Joint statement by the American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Detention Watch Network, Human Rights Watch, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Open the Government, Project On Government Oversight, and Women’s Refugee Commission
Coalition calls for stronger surveillance reforms to protect against warrantless surveillance of Americans
Today, OTG joined a letter calling on members of the House Judiciary Committee to close the loophole in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that the government uses to conduct surveillance of Americans without a warrant.
OTG Town Hall: Exposing secret government surveillance and combating threats to privacy, civil liberties and civil rights
Join us for an OpenTheGovernment town hall to discuss efforts to combat secrecy and build consensus around ways to address constitutional threats stemming from warrantless government surveillance programs. Experts will provide insight into the policies and practices that give the FBI and domestic law enforcement access to information collected without a warrant, and the dangers this poses to privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights (RSVP here).
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.
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.