Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

Depending on where you live, free and open access to the information and entertainment found on the Internet might seem like more of a right than a privilege. But for folks who live in some of the world’s more restrictive societies, some or even most of the Internet remains tantalizingly out of reach, blocked by government censors and their firewalls.

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Photography is ubiquitous now — especially with the advent of wearable cameras. But what does the law say about when you take someone’s picture and when you can’t? Attorney Kurt Wimmer explains.

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The complaint alleges that the defendants violated the residents’ personal rights, subjecting them to deplorable, overcrowded, unsafe and unsanitary living conditions.

“One toilet and one shower for over 50 individuals and filth, dirt, overcrowding, severe overcrowding,” Asst. LA City Attorney Jose Egurbide said.
The punishments included being forced to stand by a tree for up to four hours, being ordered to translate Bible verses for a full day, being locked inside the facility for days, being forced to sleep outside, having their access to the kitchen and pantry blocked and having their county or federal benefit cards confiscated.

Resident James Calixte has experienced some of these so-called punishments.

“I sat (by the tree) for two hours and after I went to go speak to pastor and he decreased my punishment to absolute nothing,” Calixte said.

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A lot of items on the list are questionable, but they are similar to jaywalking. Yes, technically, some might be illegal, but no one is going to arrest you for it.

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Whether Berning had a right to record O’Brien is not clear under state law, said Barry Butin, co-legal panel chairman of the Broward American Civil Liberties Union. But because it is clear that third parties can record video of police performing their duties, Berning “has a good chance of the law being on her side,” Butin said.

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