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Exempting FBI Next Generation Biometric Database From Privacy Act
by Tracy Rosenberg
July 30th, 2016
The NGI Database is the world's largest database of personally identifying information

Bulletproof Warrior Shot Down
by Tracy Rosenberg
July 30th, 2016
The Santa Clara Sheriff cancelled a police survival seminar implicated in Philando Castile's death, after activists mobilized to stop it.

Victory in Santa Clara: Unanimous Vote for Community Control of Surveillance Equipment
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
June 14th, 2016
Santa Clara County has unanimously endorsed the first comprehensive local oversight law on every kind of spying and surveillance gadget

Groups Ask FCC and DOJ to Investigate Law Enforcement’s Warrantless Use of Cellular Surveillance Devices
March 19th, 2016
On March 16, 45 civil rights, public policy and public interest organizations will deliver a letter and petition demanding that the FCC and DOJ investigate law enforcement’s largely unregulated use of military-grade cellular surveillance devices, called Stingrays.

UC Berkeley ASUC Passes Resolution Campus Police Should Not Participate in Urban Shield
by Tracy Rosenberg
February 29th, 2016
UC Berkeley's student government unanimously requests campus police end their participation in militarized policing expo.

Surveillance Equipment Transparency Ordinance May Debut in Santa Clara County
February 22nd, 2016
Santa Clara County may be the first in the nation to implement a transparency ordinance controlling the purchase and use of all spying equipment in the county.

New Lethal Injection Regulations from CDCR
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
January 21st, 2016
MA commented on CDCR's proposed lethal injection regulations, specifically on access for journalists and witnesses to executions.

Press Credentialing
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
October 14th, 2015
MA submitted these comments to the Berkeley Police Review Commission looking at the events of December 2014

Justice is Not For Sale Act Introduced to Congress
Grassroots Leadership
The bill bars the federal government and state and local jurisdictions from contracting with private corporations to run prisons and detention facilities, reinstates the federal parole system, and makes several changes to immigration detention law.

MA Supports the Speak Free Act of 2015
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
August 27th, 2015
Media Alliance is pleased to endorse the Speak Free Act of 2015

Stop CISA (CISPA Without The "P")
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
July 27th, 2015
Update: House/Senate conferencing on the CISA bills is making things worse, not better. .

Civil Rights Principles for Police Body Cameras
by Scott SimpsonLeadership Conference on Civil Rights
June 17th, 2015
A broad coalition of civil rights, privacy, and media rights organizations released shared civil rights principles for the use of body worn cameras by law enforcement.

Oakland Passes Privacy Policy At 3:00AM
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
June 3rd, 2015
Domain Awareness Center (DAC) Resistance Leads to First in Country Standing Municipal Privacy Commission

Court of Appeals Rules Bulk Metadata Collection Illegal
by NY Federal Court of AppealsDocket 14-42
May 7th, 2015
On May 7th, a Federal Appeals Court in New York ruled that the bulk metadata collection program attached to Section 215 of the Patriot Act is "‘irreconcilable with the statute’s plain text’.

Repeal The Patriot Act? H.R. 1466 Says Yes
by Representative Mark Pocan, Representative Thomas Massie
March 25th, 2015
Sometimes the best way to an outcome is direct. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) and Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) cut straight to the point: introducing H.R. 1466 to repeal the US Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act.

55 Organizations Support The Re-Introduction of The Private Prison Information Act
by Alex Friedmann and Chris PetrellaHuman Rights Defense Center
March 15th, 2015
Media Alliance is proud to join the Human Rights Defense Center and 54 other organizations calling for PPIA which requires private prisons and detention centers to comply with FOIA.

City of Oakland to Consider 1st in Nation Surveillance Ordinance
March 15th, 2015
The Privacy Policy package is the first citizen-developed comprehensive privacy package in the nation. Let's have Oakland lead the way with a citywide privacy policy.

Washpo Iran correspondent Remains Held By Iranian Government
March 15th, 2015
Update 3/15 While Rezian's spouse, Iranian citizen Yeganeh Salehi, has been released from custody, the WP reporter remains in Evin Prison on undetermined charges.

Improving FOIA
Open The Government
February 28th, 2015
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is one of the most important tools for investigative journalism.

SB 178- California Electronic Communications Privacy Act
February 9th, 2015
ECPA - SB 178 was introduced today by Senator Mark Leno. Media Alliance is a co-sponsoring organization.

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