Adam Schwartz

Adam Schwartz is a Senior Staff Attorney with the EFF's civil liberties team.

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An intensive care nurse treat a patient at intensive care unit at the Klinikum Bad Hersfeld hospital on March 20, 2020 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. Views
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
No to Expanded HHS Surveillance of COVID-19 Patients
The federal government plans to process more of our personal data, in the name of containing COVID-19, but without showing that this serious privacy intrusion would actually do anything to protect public health. EFF filed comments in opposition to these new plans from the U.S. Department of Health...
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The ability to secretly record the police (whether with photos, video or audio) is critically important given that officers often retaliate against individuals who openly record them. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
You Have a First Amendment Right to Record the Police
Like the rest of the world, we are horrified by the videos of George Floyd’s murder. Once again, police brutality was documented by brave bystanders exercising their First Amendment rights. Their videos forcefully tell a painful truth that has further fueled a movement to demand an end to racism...
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"Once the government collects our biometrics, data thieves might steal it, government employees might misuse it, and policy makers might deploy it to new government programs." (Photo: Doug Turetsky/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, February 02, 2018
Keep Border Spy Tech Out of Dreamer Protection Bills
If Congress votes this month on legislation to protect Dreamers from deportation, any bill it considers should not include invasive surveillance technologies like biometric screening, social media snooping, automatic license plate readers, and drones. Such high tech spying would unduly intrude on...
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
No Hunting Undocumented Immigrants With Stingrays
In the latest sign of mission creep in domestic deployment of battlefield-strength surveillance technology, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this year used a cell site simulator (CSS) to locate and arrest an undocumented immigrant, according to a report yesterday by The...
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Friday, October 28, 2016
AT&T Requires Police to Hide Hemisphere Phone Spying
AT&T built a powerful phone surveillance tool for police, called Hemisphere. Every day , AT&T adds four billion call records to Hemisphere, making it one of the largest known reservoirs of communications metadata that the government uses to spy on us. Law enforcement officials kept...
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