Privacy

Never has the conflict between privacy and technology been more tense. Our telephone service providers tell the government what numbers we call, security cameras track our movements and police scan our license plates. And practically anybody can perpetually monitor our personal relationships, buying, searching, and reading on the Internet. The ACLU of Connecticut continues to work toward legislative action to protect our privacy.

“Today, the legislature sent a loud and clear message that Connecticut does not need and will not accept police equipping drones with weapons. The defeat of this police drone weaponization proposal is a victory for public safety and civil rights.”

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“In its original form, H.B. 7260 protected people’s rights, but this amended version would undermine them. This was originally a good bill to protect communities from unwarranted police drone surveillance and prevent police from weaponizing drones. The ACLU of Connecticut supports protecting people from unwarranted drone surveillance, but opposes the amendment to allow police to equip drones with lethal and “less-lethal” weapons.”

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As a voice for freedom, our legislative priorities include promoting and preserving civil liberties for all. Through state legislative advocacy, we aim to defend and extend key constitutional principles, including equality, justice, liberty, and democracy. You can read about the top five things on our 2017 legislative to-do list here, and keep up with our progress on Facebook […]

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The Connecticut General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session is underway, and we are working to strengthen equality, justice, and freedom in Connecticut. Read about five things on our legislative to-do list, and watch our quick mid-session update for an insider’s look at where these bills stand.

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In decisions announced in April and November 2016, the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission ruled that the Stratford and Bridgeport police departments must provide the ACLU-CT with records regarding whether the departments ever purchased or used drones, cellphone eavesdropping or tracking technology, or cellphone forensics devices.

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