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111 Blacked Out Pages Is How Much the DOJ Wants You to Know About Your Right to Privacy

by Abby Zimet

In some kind of sick, grim joke, the Department of Justice has responded to an ACLU lawsuit seeking its guidelines on when Americans can be  surreptitiously, warrantlessly tracked with 111 pages of the requested documents almost entirely redacted, thus essentially offering a middle finger to those asking law enforcement officials to set limits on their own power, or even tell the rest of us what those powers are. The lawsuit sought clarification on how the DOJ interprets a 2011 Supreme Court decision that banned the FBI from using GPS technology to track Americans without a warrant.

"Privacy law needs to keep up with technology, but how can that happen if the government won’t even tell us what its policies are?...While we wait for courts to weigh in, how much privacy do Americans have in their movements? Exactly as much as law enforcement agents believe they must give us."

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