Jay Stanley

Jay Stanley

Jay Stanley is Senior Policy Analyst with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, where he researches, writes and speaks about technology-related privacy and civil liberties issues and their future.  He is the Editor of the ACLU's "Free Future" blog and has authored and co-authored a variety of influential ACLU reports on privacy and technology topics.

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A picture taken on March 3, 2021 in Paris shows a vaccine vial reading "Covid-19 vaccine" and a syringe on an European passport. (Photo: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 02, 2021
Key Principles for Creation of Any 'Vaccine Passport' System
With COVID-19 vaccination rates accelerating, governments around the world have begun to consider implementing a standardized credential or “vaccine passport” that would let people prove that they’ve been vaccinated. And the idea became more real when the Washington Post reported on Sunday that the...
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Monday, August 10, 2020
Tracking Apps Are Unlikely to Help Stop Covid-19
Proposals to use the tracking capabilities of our cell phones to help fight Covid-19 have probably received more attention than any other technology issue during the pandemic. Here at the ACLU, we have been skeptical of schemes to use apps for contact tracing or exposure warnings from the beginning...
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Our authorities need to respond with cool heads, based on science, and without intruding any more than strictly necessary on people’s civil liberties. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak: A Civil Liberties Perspective
The world is watching anxiously to see what happens with the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. As scientists and public health officials in the United States learn more about the virus, and as we all see how bad the outbreak turns out to be, it is important that public policymaking...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
An Army of Robot Surveillance Guards Is Coming
We are surrounded by surveillance cameras that record us at every turn. But for the most part, while those cameras are watching us, no one is watching what those cameras observe or record because no one will pay for the armies of security guards that would be required for such a time-consuming and...
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"We should not let technological capability dictate what we actually deploy, just as we have made a conscious choice (through our wiretapping laws) to generally disallow surveillance cameras in public places from including microphones." (Photo: NASA Space Center) Views
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
A Company Announces Its Intent to Create World’s Newest Privacy Nightmare
A company called EarthNow has announced an ambitious effort to create a service that will provide a live satellite video feed of any spot on earth. As reported on Friday by Mic, the service amounts to a live, real-time version of Google Earth (though Google is not involved). It’s not clear how...
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Reality Winner Is Latest to Face Prosecution Under Awful World War I Espionage Act
Reality Winner, a 25-year-old employee of a contractor that does work for the NSA, was arrested in June and charged with transmitting classified information, widely suspected to be an intelligence document about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that was published by The...
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Friday, September 23, 2016
Charlotte Shooting Shows Why Video Transparency Is Vital
The shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday is a case study in why it’s important for police departments to have good policies surrounding body cameras—in particular around the release of video to the public. We have called for most video recorded by...
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
A Few Easy Steps Everyone Should Take to Protect Their Digital Privacy
Much of the privacy protection we need in today’s world can’t happen without technological and legislative solutions, and the ACLU will continue leading the fight for digital security and privacy through our litigation and advocacy efforts . But there are simple steps that everyone can take to...
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Friday, May 20, 2016
Policing the Dystopia (or Why Power Loves the Dark)
Can’t you see the writing on the touchscreen? A techno-utopia is upon us. We’ve gone from smartphones at the turn of the twenty-first century to smart fridges and smart cars. The revolutionary changes to our everyday life will no doubt keep barreling along. By 2018, so predicts Gartner , an...
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Ebola: Travel Bans, Quarantines, and Political Courage
The political reaction to Ebola has been a study in contrasts. On the one hand, we see some leaders insecurely trying to prove their “Ebola-fighting bona fides” by racing to go beyond what public health experts recommend. Some are actually fanning the flames of public fear. On the other hand, we...
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