Privacy & Technology

Rapidly advancing technologies present both opportunities and threats to our rights. The ACLU of Maryland is dedicated to protecting and expanding First Amendment freedoms online; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. 

Recent Activity

Appeals Court Allows Wikimedia Challenge to NSA Internet Surveillance to Go Forward

News article, May 23, 2017

NSA has secretly spied on Americans' internet communications for years

read more >>

ACLU Urges Justice Department to Investigate the Use and Impact of Face Recognition

News article, October 18, 2016

ACLU of Maryland Raises Concerns About Impact in Baltimore

read more >>

Police Secretly Put Large Part of Baltimore Under Constant Aerial Video Surveillance

News article, August 24, 2016

Technology Was Developed for U.S. Military in Iraq

read more >>

Legislature Overrides Gov. Hogan's Veto of Bill to Fix State's Marijuana Decriminalization Law

News article, January 21, 2016

New Poll Shows Most State Voters Support Broader Reform

read more >>

Important Cell Phone Location Data Ruling Protects Privacy

News article, August 6, 2015

Federal Appeals Court Rules Warrant Is Required for Cell Phone Location Tracking

read more >>

ACLU Sues NSA to Stop Mass Internet Spying

News article, March 10, 2015

Wikimedia, Rutherford Institute, Amnesty Among 9 Plaintiffs

read more >>

ACLU Challenges Use of "Stingray" Surveillance Technology by Baltimore Police

News article, November 26, 2014

The devices sweep up information about innocent people and criminal suspects alike

read more >>

Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana, Limit Location Tracking and License Plate Readers, and Restrict Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

News article, April 14, 2014

Governor O'Malley signs five ACLU priority bills into law

read more >>

ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

read more >>

Privacy Legislative Agenda, Introduced by Senators Raskin, Shank and More

News article, January 14, 2014

Bills On Email Surveillance, Location Tracking, Drones and License Plate Readers

read more >>

Privacy Legislative Agenda Put Forward by Senators Raskin, Shank

News article, January 14, 2014

Bills Will Address Email Surveillance, Location Tracking, Drones, and Automatic License Plate Readers

read more >>

ACLU of Maryland Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 8, 2014

Issues include taxing and regulating marijuana, stopping local police from enforcing civil immigration detainers, limiting email and cell phone surveillance, and ending the shackling of pregnant women.

read more >>

ACLU Releases License Plate Scanner Documents

News article, July 17, 2013

Maryland Documents Show Over 85 Million Scan Records in 2012

read more >>

ACLU statement on Supreme Court decision on warrantless collection of DNA

News article, June 3, 2013

Ruling eliminates individualized suspicion safeguard for police searching for evidence of crimes

read more >>

ACLU Calls for Immigration Reform that Respects the Civil Rights of All

News article, April 19, 2013

Breakthrough legislation in need of improvement

read more >>

Senate Passes Bill Protecting Student Social Media Privacy

News article, March 21, 2013

Maryland Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 838, which would prohibit academic institutions from requiring a students to provide access to personal internet or electronic accounts.

read more >>

No Drones Without a Warrant

News article, March 18, 2013

Bill would prohibit Maryland law enforcement from using drones to gather evidence without a warrant

read more >>

ACLU Advocates for Student Social Media Privacy Bills

News article, March 4, 2013

Legislation builds on new employee social media privacy law

read more >>

ACLU Concerned About Cell Phone Tracking

News article, February 26, 2013

Testifies in Support of Bill Requiring Search Warrant

read more >>

ACLU Supports Bill to Prohibit Audio Surveillance on Public Transit

News article, February 7, 2013

Transit riders should not have to give up their fundamental right to privacy

read more >>

ACLU Opposes Cell Phone Tracking Bill

News article, February 5, 2013

Legislation Would Set Too Low A Standard for Police Obtaining Personal Information

read more >>

ACLU, AFSCME Call on Division of Corrections to Show Compliance with Maryland's Social Media Privacy Law

News article, December 5, 2012

First-in-the-nation law bars "shoulder surfing" access to social media accounts

read more >>

Maryland DNA collection of arrestees

Legal case, November 27, 2012

ACLU raises privacy, Fourth Amendment concerns about DNA collection without a warrant upon arrest

read more >>

ACLU Opposes MTA Program Installing Pervasive Audio Surveillance of Riders as Significant Invasion of Privacy

News article, October 18, 2012

MTA Audio Recording Previously Rejected by General Assembly

read more >>

I'VE ASKED FOR MY DATA - WHAT ABOUT YOU?

News article, August 3, 2012

Today at the ACLU of Maryland, we are taking our data back and we want you to join us.

read more >>

ACLU Seeks Details on Automatic License Plate Readers in 
 Massive Nationwide Request

News article, July 30, 2012

Info Sought on How Cameras are Used by 
Police Agencies and How Data is Stored

read more >>

Automatic License Plate Readers

Legal case, July 30, 2012

ACLU Seeks Details on Automatic License Plate Readers in 
 Massive Nationwide Request

read more >>

ACLU: You have the right to record police actions

News article, July 23, 2012

DOJ Guidance Could Make Maryland a National Model for Protecting Citizens' Rights to Record Official Actions

read more >>

Social Media Privacy Bill Passes Both Houses

News article, April 9, 2012

Maryland becomes leader in the nation with model legislation

read more >>

ACLU Pushes for Social Media Privacy Bill

News article, March 7, 2012

Group, Client to Testify in Support of Bill to Block Employers from Asking for Social Media Passwords

read more >>

ACLU Pushes for Social Media Privacy Bill

News article, February 23, 2012

Group, Client to Testify in Support of Bill to Block Employers from Asking for Social Media Passwords

read more >>

Federal Court Hearing in Preakness Video Recording Case

News article, February 13, 2012

A hearing before the Federal District Court will take place on Monday, February 13 in Sharp v. BPD.

read more >>

2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

read more >>

Web-Filter Company Acts to Address ACLU Complaints of LGBT Censorship in Montgomery County

News article, November 16, 2011

read more >>

LGBT web filtering in Montgomery County

Legal case, October 24, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland advocated that the iBoss web filtering software being used by Montgomery County government unblock a filter falsely labeling LGBT websites as pornography.

read more >>

ACLU Sues Baltimore Police Over Man’s Wrongful Detention, Camera Seizure at Preakness

News article, August 31, 2011

read more >>

Sharp v. BCPD

Legal case, August 30, 2011

Concerned that the Baltimore City Police Department routinely violates the First Amendment by threatening citizens who try to photograph or record police encounters, the ACLU of Maryland filed a lawsuit against BPD on behalf of Christopher Sharp.

read more >>

Baltimore Police May Face ACLU Lawsuit Over Man’s Wrongful Detention, Camera Seizure at Preakness

News article, August 4, 2011

read more >>

ACLU Raises Concerns About the Legality, Vulnerability to Fraud of Maryland Online Petition System

News article, June 10, 2011

read more >>

ACLU Says Division of Corrections’ Revised Social Media Policy Remains Coercive and Violates “Friends” Privacy Rights

News article, April 18, 2011

read more >>

ACLU Responds to Maryland Division of Corrections’ Revision of Invasive Social Media Policy

News article, April 6, 2011

read more >>

Want a Job? Password Please!

News article, February 14, 2011

read more >>