The ACLU protects people from unreasonable government surveillance. Too often, government attempts to gather, store, use, and share sensitive private information about us, even where there is no reasonable suspicion that we are breaking any laws. In courts and the legislature, we seek to limit government spying on our political and religious beliefs, associations, and activities. We seek limits on government video surveillance cameras, and “fusion centers” (which fuse under one roof massive amounts of personal information). We filed a lawsuit challenging the collaboration of the phone companies with the National Security’ Agency’s seizure of the phone records of millions of consumers, in violation of a federal privacy statute. We oppose the expansion of DNA databases.
The following statement can be attributed to ACLU of Illinois Executive Director Colleen K. Connell: We are saddened to hear of the passing of our former Board member and long-time... Continue reading
Cell site simulators that can conduct massive surveillance have been controversial Chicago – The use of so-called Stingray devices, which simulate cell towers of service providers, would be subject to... Continue reading
Wow. Twelve years. The time has flown by. Seems like just yesterday that the Justice Department sent over its torture memos to then-CIA General Counsel John Rizzo, ramping up a... Continue reading
This week, Patrick Leahy, the Democratic senator from Vermont, introduced a revised version of the USA Freedom Act, a bill to finally start pulling the reins on America’s out-of-control surveillance... Continue reading
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana This week, the undergraduate and law student interns at the ACLU of Illinois visited the Chicago... Continue reading