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New York’s Section 50-a Shields Law Enforcement Records

October 26, 2016
By Meenakshi Krishnan

In 2011, Rikers Island guard Aubrey Victor was videotaped repeatedly kicking and stomping on the head of a 16-year-old inmate as he lay on the floor. An internal investigation found that Victor had used excessive and potentially deadly force. This finding would normally have never become public because of Section 50-a, a provision of the New York State civil rights law that shields the personnel records of law enforcement officers from public disclosure.

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The Constitution Leaves No Room for Secret Law

October 20, 2016
By Patrick Toomey, Andrew Udelsman

There are still many questions to be answered about Yahoo’s secret scanning of all of its customers’ incoming emails under a mysterious government order.

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Overclassifying Guantánamo

October 19, 2016
By Andrew Udelsman

Twenty years ago, Senator Patrick Moynihan chaired a “Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy” to investigate the executive’s procedures of classifying information.

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Phony Lawsuits Take Advantage of Internet Platform Policies To Take Down Web Pages

October 19, 2016
By Mark Doré

The Internet has a long memory. When someone objects to material posted online—a critical blog post or a harsh Yelp review, for example—it can be hard to have it removed.

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