ACLU is suing ICE for details on how it uses phone spying devices
The lawsuit is calling for Customs and Border Protection to disclose exactly how it uses cell site simulators, and how often it's been used to target and track immigrants.The ACLU is suing after the two agencies declined to provide its documents related to International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers, more commonly known as "Stingrays." These devices pretend to be cell towers and connect with nearby phones, intercepting data detailing calls, messages and device location.
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2 US citizens are suing Customs and Border Protection , alleging they were illegally detained after speaking Spanish in public. The American Civil Liberties Union , which filed the lawsuit, said the detention "violated Ana and Mimi's constitutional rights."
The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups sued Customs and Border Protection Wednesday to release records concerning units they say are deployed at airports to "target, detain and interrogate innocent travelers."
The ACLU filed a lawsuit Wednesday calling for CBP to release records about its Tactical Terrorism Response Teams, which the civil rights group described as "highly secretive units" which operate at airports and U.S. ports of entry to detain, question and deny entry to people "with valid travel documents who present no security risk."
Marine veteran among US citizens detained by ICE, ACLU says
Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, a U.S. citizen and Marine veteran, was detained by ICE.He says he reached a breaking point when he suffered a psychotic episode on Nov. 21, 2018, and was arrested by the Grand Rapids Police for trespassing on the roof of a local hospital.
News. Stanford student, ACLU sue Trump over immigration ban. Share this Julia Mass, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Northern California, said in a statement: “The federal government has made it clear that it intends to favor Christian immigrants over Muslims in making decisions about who
"Greyhound should be in the business of transporting passengers, but instead is allowing intimidating interrogations and searches.".
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, said TTRT officers can target travelers who do not present a security risk "but may hold information or have a connection to individuals of interest to the U.S. government."
The ACLU was joined by the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility Project and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation in the suit.
The lawsuit is asking the court to order CBP to disclose requested records to the civil rights groups.
"The tools, methods, and criteria TTRT officers use to determine which travelers to target for detention, search, questioning and/or denial of entry remain secret, as are any policies and guidelines that govern TTRT activities," the lawsuit said.
Civil rights group sues over Oklahoma bail practices
A civil rights group has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against court officials in central Oklahoma, alleging a county’s bail system unconstitutionally discriminates against poor and disabled people. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma filed the suit late Tuesday in federal court in Oklahoma City on behalf of six inmates currently being held in the Canadian County jail. Sign up for our Newsletters The lawsuit alleges that theThe American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma filed the suit late Tuesday in federal court in Oklahoma City on behalf of six inmates currently being held in the Canadian County jail.
Washington – The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Trump administration, claiming it is violating immigration laws and its own policies by detaining immigrants who have a solid case for seeking asylum in the United States.
The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) filed the suit on behalf of Ms Suda and Ms Hernandez. "Speaking Spanish is not against the law The lawsuit seeks to stop the CBP from detaining anyone without cause for speaking Spanish or for their accent, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.
In a statement announcing the lawsuit, the ACLU said the "public has a right to know how these teams operate, how their officers are trained, and whether the guidelines that govern their activities contain civil liberties and privacy safeguards."
"We also want to know just how many individuals are subject to detention, questioning, and/or denial of entry into the United States by these teams, and the basis for these decisions," the ACLU added.
The statement said that in November 2018, CBP officers detained Andreas Gal, the former chief technology officer at Mozilla and a current Apple employee, at the San Francisco International Airport upon landing from a business trip to Sweden.
Gal was allegedly not given a reason for being detained, except that his receipt from a Global Entry kiosk was marked "TTRT."
The officers then allegedly asked Gal, a U.S. citizen, about his activism, according to the ACLU. Gal is "an outspoken proponent of online privacy and has spoken publicly about his opposition to warrantless mass surveillance and views on the current administration's policies," the ACLU wrote. The officers also allegedly repeatedly sought to search Gal's electronic devices, according to the suit.
PayPal sues US regulator over "confusing" prepaid card rules
PayPal is a hugely popular option for transferring funds, but the legal status of digital payment systems continues to be contentious. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, PayPal is suing the consumer protection agency for the financial sector in the US, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The company is challenging regulations introduced by the CFPB in April this year which required PayPal accounts and other digital wallets to guarantee the same consumer protections as prepaid credit cards.The issue is that most PayPal users link their credit cards to their accounts to facilitate payments, in what the industry describes as a digital wallet.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for its ongoing detention of a 10-year-old undocumented girl with cerebral palsy who was separated The ACLU said the shelter is not equipped to care for Rosa Maria, who has the cognitive development of a 6 year old.
A lawsuit is accusing the US Customs and Border Protection ( CBP ) of turning the entire state of Michigan into a “border zone” where anyone can be detained and searched without a warrant, according to ACLU -Michigan. The complaint is centered on the CBP ’s interpretation of a
He was eventually allowed to leave, according to the ACLU.
Abdikadir Mohamed, an immigrant, was allegedly detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in Dec. 2017, the ACLU wrote. He was approached by CBP officers on his way to board a flight to reunite with his pregnant wife and daughter in Ohio after he had cleared immigration and security screenings, according to the ACLU.
He was allegedly taken to a separate room where he was interrogated for 15 hours before CBP deemed he was "inadmissible" and sought to deport him, the ACLU said. Mohamed fought his deportation and sought asylum in the U.S., which he won after 19 months in detention, according to the ACLU.
"CBP's treatment of Andreas and Abdi is disturbing, and they are not isolated incidents," the ACLU wrote. "We now know that the officers that targeted Andreas and Abdi are part of a secretive team CBP has deployed to at least 46 airports and other U.S. ports of entry."
According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than 1,400 people were denied entry to the U.S. as a result of TTRT efforts and information discovered during secondary inspections during fiscal year 2017.
Researchers bypass airport and payment facial recognition systems using masks
Facial recognition technology is increasingly used for everything from government surveillance to convenient online logins, especially in China. A new test reported by Fortune casts doubt on the accuracy of some such systems, however, by showing that they can be fooled by users wearing masks. To perform the test, artificial intelligence company Kneron commissioned high-quality 3D masks that mimicked the face of another person, and tested whether someone could wear one to fool facial recognition systems. Researchers were able to make purchases from another person's account via the AliPay and WeChat payment systems.The team were even able to fool systems at airports.
Other organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ), also challenged the order Over a hundred travelers were detained and held for hours without access to family or legal By 10:30 pm that night, CBP and MWAA had copies of the order in hand, and repeatedly refused to
The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) has filed a class action lawsuit against President Trump’s administration over the detention of immigrant teenagers for “unsubstantiated claims of gang affiliation.”
Kevin McAleenan, the former acting Secretary of Homeland Security and former CBP commissioner, described the role the teams play in an interview last year
The teams were "a conscious effort" for officers to use their instincts in "encounters that our officers have with travelers to make decisions based on risk for people that might not be known on a watch list, might not be a known security threat, and they've been a tremendous success in identifying previously unknown individuals that present a security risk and in denying entry to folks that were not watch listed prior to their travel."
CBP used a variety of metrics in determining the success of the teams, such "both hard data on individuals that were not watchlisted that were determined to be security risks during a border interview or inspection and were denied entry" and "watchlist nominations that devolve from a good interview at the border."
Customs and Border Protection said it was unable to comment on pending litigation.
Court says data swept up by the NSA is protected by the Fourth Amendment .
An appeals court may have just shaped how the US treats the NSA's bulk data collection. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that American communications scooped up under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act's Section 702 and PRISM is protected by Fourth Amendment rights baring unreasonable searches and seizures. Judges found that the "vast majority" of the evidence collected in a terrorism case against Agron Hasbajrami was permissible under the Fourth Amendment, but that the querying that data "could violate" the amendment -- and thus that it was fair to challenge the data use on constitutional grounds.