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Lawmakers in a conservative western New York county voted unanimously late last month to become a “constitutional sanctuary” where the rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights will be protected. Under the legislation, Cattaraugus County declared itself to...
A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) survey shows that at least 10 federal agencies have plans to expand their use of facial recognition technology over the next two years—a prospect that alarms privacy advocates who worry about a lack...
Apple on Friday provided new details of how its planned child sexual abuse material (CSAM) detection system would work, outlining a range of privacy-preserving limits following backlash that the software would introduce a backdoor that threatens user privacy protections. The company...
Apple announced Thursday is it planning to scan all iPhones in the United States for child abuse imagery, raising alarm among security experts who said the plan could allow the firm to surveil tens of millions of personal devices...
Supreme Court justices were told on Aug. 4 in an amicus curiae brief that some medical research laboratories use racial quotas in buying body parts from unborn babies killed via live dismemberment in abortions. “Even though 4-month-old infants in the womb move,...
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation on Aug. 2 that criminalizes the private selling of a gun without having the buyer go through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) prior to the sale. “Prior to this change, people with dangerous...
The pandemic has exacerbated the trend of growing federal power, and Republican state legislators are concerned about it. New mask guidance has spurred a backlash from local leaders who are now anxious about the possibility of further restrictions, including a vaccine mandate and...
Gun control laws don’t work. Yet politicians eager to curb Americans’ Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms” keep pushing for tighter laws to grab more guns. A good example is California’s Armed and Prohibited Persons System (APPS), defined by Attorney General Rob Bonta’s...
The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) order on Friday to release former President Donald Trump’s tax returns appears to be purely political and sets a dangerous precedent, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said. In 2019, the department said the returns did not have to be...
A federal appeals court ruled on July 13 that a federal law banning handgun sales to young adults is unconstitutional. In a 2–1 vote, the three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that a law Congress passed...
A California judge ruled that victims of a 2019 shooting in San Diego that left one dead and three wounded can sue the manufacturer of a rifle and the gun shop that sold it. Superior Court Judge Kenneth Medel ruled (pdf) Wednesday that the...
A Washington, D.C., church has been awarded $220,000 after it filed a federal lawsuit challenging the district’s restrictions on gatherings at places of worship during the CCP virus pandemic. Leaders of Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) have appealed to D.C. officials since Mayor Muriel Bowser’s restrictions were issued...
Arizona’s attorney general is expressing concern that President Joe Biden’s administration is breaching Americans’ privacy. Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, says the White House seemed to indicate this week that it might possess medical records containing contact information for Americans who...
Following in the Biden administration’s footsteps, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes the crime spike in his state is a “guns problem,” not a “criminals problem,” and signed off on legislation that makes the Empire State the first in the nation to allow...