Civil Liberties


These Cops Are Seizing Cash from People Who Smell Like Weed Before They Fly to California

Smelling like cannabis and buying your ticket right before your flight from this Florida airport are apparently great reasons for cops to take your stuff.


Police Are Feeding Celebrity Photos into Facial Recognition Software to Solve Crimes

Law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition systems with little to no rules, found a new study by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology.


You Will Ruin Lives in This Surveillance Game, the Only Question Is Why

'Orwell: Ignorance is Strength' asks difficult questions about liberty and safety, and offers no pat answers.


Young Iranians Are Using These Apps to Bypass Government Oppression

Amid censorship and "moral police", the youth of Iran are looking to their smartphones for civil liberties.


The Problem with Dramatic Finger-Pointing Courtroom Moments

This centuries-old trope of criminal trials where witnesses point at the accused may be linked with wrongful convictions.


Human Rights Activists Are Asking 8 Countries How Much They Spy on Each Other's Citizens

Are international surveillance agreements just a way to avoid local anti-spying laws?


WEDIDIT's ACLU Benefit Was About Fighting For Our Freedom to Do Whatever We Want

Including doing it doggystyle on the dancefloor.


The US Government Wants to Know If You Buy a Dildo Online

Thanks to a long-running legal case, online retailers will now have to disclose their customers' purchases to certain state governments. Privacy campaigners are outraged.


The First Black Woman DA in Alabama History Wants to Shake Up the Death Penalty

Lynneice Washington won an historic election this November even as Donald Trump destroyed Hillary Clinton in Alabama. Here's what she has planned.