Privacy Press Releases

  • 08.26.13

    ACLU Calls on DeWine to Shut Down Premature Launch of Facial Recognition Program

    Launching This Program Without Proper Protocols Ignores Serious Privacy Concerns

    CLEVELAND – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio called on Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to pull the plug on a controversial facial recognition program after a Cincinnati Enquirer investigation revealed that it was launched without his knowledge, without proper protocols to govern its use, and without informing the public. At a press Read more…

    Privacy
  • 07.18.13

    ACLU Releases Documents on License Plate Scanners from Police Departments Nationwide

    Location Records Being Kept on Millions of Innocent Americans

    CLEVELAND – Police departments across the country are expanding their use of automatic license plate readers (ALPR’s) to track the location of American drivers, but few have meaningful rules in place to protect drivers’ privacy rights, according to documents compiled in a new ACLU report titled You Are Being Tracked: How License Plate Readers Are Read more…

    Police Practices, Privacy
  • 04.18.13

    Dayton Abandons Aerial Surveillance Plan

    Any Future Programs Should Fully Address Civil Liberties Issues

    DAYTON, OH – Yesterday, the Dayton City Manager withdrew a controversial airborne surveillance program from consideration before the Dayton City Commission. The announcement came less than two weeks after a Dayton community group voiced their concerns about the program’s cost and impact on privacy. “We appreciate the city’s recognition of the potential for privacy violations Read more…

    Privacy
  • 03.06.13

    ACLU Supports Legislation Preventing Employers from Asking for Electronic Passwords

    SB 45 Would Preserve the Personal Privacy of Employees and Job-Seekers in Ohio

    COLUMBUS- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio will testify today before the Ohio Senate Insurance, Commerce & Labor Committee in support of Senate Bill 45. The legislation would prohibit Ohio employers from seeking access to the electronic usernames and passwords of current or potential employees. “We do not permit our employers to snoop in Read more…

    Privacy
  • 01.24.12

    ACLU Calls on State Legislators to Reject Bill Expanding DNA Testing of Arestees

    Legislation Would Cause Backlog of DNA Tests and Violate Privacy

    COLUMBUS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio will testify today before the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee opposing Senate Bill 268. The legislation will expand the government’s ability to take DNA samples from felony arrestees by allowing the state retroactively to seize genetic information from past arrestees and those charged with a felony but Read more…

    Privacy