December 23, 2004

ACLU and Privacy

Well, well, well, look who's in the news (link goes to a NY Times story from Dec 18th... also reprinted in many other publications including this one here).

The article begins:

The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited a bitter debate over its leaders' commitment to privacy rights.

Gosh, what a surprise.

In September 2003 I began an effort to convince the ACLU that it should improve its website and privacy policies. I was concerned that they were being poor role models in protecting people's privacy. If one ought to be able to trust one group it ought to be the ACLU....

Over the course of several months, I corresponded with Anthony Romero, ACLU's executive director, and Nadine Strossen, ACLU's president. I blogged everything here, here, and here.

After a few months I was able to get them to fix their site.

I remember when the good news came in December 2003, I told several New York Times reporters about it, but the story never went anywhere.

Another case of the blogs scooping the media by many months. I wonder if NYT reporters use Google?

Posted by brian at December 23, 2004 08:58 AM


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