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May 05, 2015

We’re Back in Court to Protect Virginians’ Privacy

BLOG: Using the Freedom of Information Act, Fairfax resident Harrison Neal discovered that the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) had used license plate readers (LPRs) to document the movements of his vehicle as he traveled throughout his community. What crime did they suspect him of committing? Not one. read more »

May 05, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Files Lawsuit against Fairfax Police for Collection, Storage of Personal Information

PRESS RELEASE: Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia filed a lawsuit in Fairfax County Circuit Court against the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) for unlawfully storing massive amounts of license plate data collected using automatic license plate readers (ALPRs). read more »

May 04, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Welcomes Attorney General’s Opinion Overruling Prior Advice on Law Governing Women’s Health Center Rules

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today welcomed the formal opinion issued by Attorney General Mark Herring that overrules flawed legal advice given by the prior administration to the Board of Health during the 2012 regulatory process for women’s health centers that provide abortion. The formal opinion, grounded in sound legal reasoning and accepted administrative law principles, is consistent with legal arguments made by the ACLU of Virginia in a letter to the Board of Health in 2012. read more »

May 01, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Questions Governor’s Vetoes of License Plate Reader Bills; Will File Suit to Ensure Compliance With Current Privacy Law

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today questioned Governor McAuliffe’s decision to veto SB 965 (Petersen D Fairfax) and HB 1673 (Anderson R Prince William) and promised that the organization will file suit to ensure compliance with Virginia’s current law regulating the collection and storage by government agencies of personal information about Virginians. read more »

May 01, 2015

ACLU of VA Celebrates Enactment of Law Requiring Warrants for Police Drone Use

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today celebrated enactment of landmark legislation protecting Virginans’ privacy and commended Governor McAuliffe for signing into law bi-partisan legislation, HB 2125 (Cline R Rockbridge) and SB 1301 (McEachin D Richmond), that will require a search warrant for drone use by law or regulatory enforcement agencies. read more »

April 30, 2015

Promises Kept

BLOG: People always want to know what it was like. When they learn that I was a plaintiff in a marriage equality case, they almost always want to know what it’s like to shoulder such a responsibility and what it’s like to open your life to the scrutiny of others—not just those in your hometown, but people from the world over. read more »

April 29, 2015

Supreme Court arguments confirm what we knew: There is no good reason for marriage inequality.

BLOG: People camped out in front of the Supreme Court for days to get a seat for yesterday’s arguments on marriage equality—and who could blame them? It was a historic day, as Justices heard from lawyers on each side one more time before retreating to their chambers to decide – finally – whether the United States Constitution allows states to exclude same-sex couples from the rights and obligations of marriage. read more »

April 28, 2015

ACLU of Virginia remarks on freedom to marry cases before U.S. Supreme Court

PRESS RELEASE: Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, released a statement regarding oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court involving challenges to the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee bans on marriage rights for same-sex couples. read more »

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