• Online Privacy – right to be forgotten
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    Online Privacy – right to be forgotten

    With the birth of the computer, and then the internet, the information age began. It started with excitement and great optimism about how the free flow of information would change the world. Social networks and search engines like Google, Facebook, and Twitter putting “in the moment” information at our finger tips. Mobile technology and smart phones keeping us tied to that information no matter where we are. And now the rise of the internet of things, which is making our homes smarter and adaptable to our every whim. But at what cost? There’s no easy answers here, and I’m still struggling with this myself, but it’s an important conversation to…

  • Your Rights at the Airport and Ports of Entry
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    Your Rights at the Airport and Ports of Entry

    Welcome to the ACLU my name is Nate Freed Wessler I’m a staff attorney with the ACLU speech privacy and technology project and we’re here in the ACLU offices you can see we’re- we’re busy fighting for constitutional rights we’re here to talk about your rights at the border and other ports of entry that’s airports land border crossings seaports if you’re coming in on a cruise and what you can expect there what your rights are there are a lot of important questions that we hope to be able to answer and so please send us your questions I’m joined here by Esha Bhandari a staff attorney in the…

  • The Ninth Amendment & Unenumerated Rights
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    The Ninth Amendment & Unenumerated Rights

    ♪♪Music♪♪ This lecture is entitled, entitled bottom of the 9th. What I want to do in this lecture is talk about the 9th amendment of the Constitution. The last substantive rights based amendment in what we call collectively the Bill of Rights. The 9th amendment in the words of the eminent Jack Rakove is a joker that’s never been played. It’s a card that’s never been played in a hand in Constitutional law in any meaningful way in American Constitutional history though some Justices have used the amendment to justify their opinion; it has never been the basis of a majority therefore binding precedent of American Constitutional law. But it’s…

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    The Ninth Amendment & Unenumerated Rights

    ♪♪Music♪♪ This lecture is entitled, entitled bottom of the 9th. What I want to do in this lecture is talk about the 9th amendment of the Constitution. The last substantive rights based amendment in what we call collectively the Bill of Rights. The 9th amendment in the words of the eminent Jack Rakove is a joker that’s never been played. It’s a card that’s never been played in a hand in Constitutional law in any meaningful way in American Constitutional history though some Justices have used the amendment to justify their opinion; it has never been the basis of a majority therefore binding precedent of American Constitutional law. But it’s…

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    The Ninth Amendment & Unenumerated Rights

    ♪♪Music♪♪ This lecture is entitled, entitled bottom of the 9th. What I want to do in this lecture is talk about the 9th amendment of the Constitution. The last substantive rights based amendment in what we call collectively the Bill of Rights. The 9th amendment in the words of the eminent Jack Rakove is a joker that’s never been played. It’s a card that’s never been played in a hand in Constitutional law in any meaningful way in American Constitutional history though some Justices have used the amendment to justify their opinion; it has never been the basis of a majority therefore binding precedent of American Constitutional law. But it’s…

  • The Ninth Amendment & Unenumerated Rights
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    The Ninth Amendment & Unenumerated Rights

    ♪♪Music♪♪ This lecture is entitled, entitled bottom of the 9th. What I want to do in this lecture is talk about the 9th amendment of the Constitution. The last substantive rights based amendment in what we call collectively the Bill of Rights. The 9th amendment in the words of the eminent Jack Rakove is a joker that’s never been played. It’s a card that’s never been played in a hand in Constitutional law in any meaningful way in American Constitutional history though some Justices have used the amendment to justify their opinion; it has never been the basis of a majority therefore binding precedent of American Constitutional law. But it’s…

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    Irina Manta: Privacy v. Freedom of the Press

    The topic of the panel was the conflict that we have to some extent between our desire as a society to protect privacy, uh, but also to have a free press. And so, one of key questions we were answering is whether we should have more regulations in the age of new sites, such as Gawker, and others. The concern, uh, that people have, uh, is that we are going to either allow for people’s privacy to be violated, and for certain details about their lives to be disclosed on the internet forever and that they can never get rid of, and can never repair. Or on the other hand,…

  • The Most Important and Overlooked Amendment
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    The Most Important and Overlooked Amendment

    You might have thought the Constitution and the Bill of Rights covered all of the bases pretty well. Unfortunately it took another hundred years before we got around to writing an amendment that has affected your life in more ways than you probably ever knew. The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments are all referred to as the Reconstruction Amendments. After the Civil War, in order to regain their representation in Congress and be welcome back into the Union, the southern states were required to ratify these amendments. The thirteenth amendment is fairly short and sweet. It ends slavery and involuntary servitude – except as punishment for a crime. This is…

  • Carpenter v. United States [SCOTUSbrief]
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    Carpenter v. United States [SCOTUSbrief]

    There were a sequence of robberies in metro Detroit, Michigan and Northern Ohio, and the police arrested some people, one of whom gave the phone number belonging to Mr. Carpenter. As it happened, when they requested the records from T-Mobile and MetroPCS, two cell phone companies, those records revealed that Mr. Carpenter was in the vicinity of the banks that had been robbed. And on that basis, they are convicted. And now, Carpenter challenges police acquisition of that evidence of those location records as a fourth amendment violation. The word “privacy” doesn’t actually appear in the Constitution. However, there are certain rights that we have that we now consider to…