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AP: Residents snitch on businesses, neighbors amid shutdowns

Snitches are emerging as enthusiastic allies as cities, states and countries work to enforce directives meant to limit person-to-person contact amid the virus pandemic. They’re phoning police and municipal hotlines, complaining to elected officials and shaming perceived scofflaws on social media.

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Protecting donor privacy in the COVID-19 era

As organizations move their day-to-day communications to video conferencing services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is impacting every corner of the United States, it’s important to be aware of the privacy policies of the technology platforms being used to stay connected with employees, board members, customers, and stakeholders.

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Citizen Privacy Under Attack During Coronavirus Pandemic

Activists and elected officials who are opposed to citizen privacy are attempting to take advantage of the current crisis to advance their anti-free speech agenda. Last week, Congressional Democrats unsuccessfully attempted to insert regulations that would limit First Amendment rights into the CARES Act.

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The Atlantic: Red and Blue America Agree That Now Is the Time to Violate the Constitution

History presents numerous examples of liberty violations made in the face of security threats: the Alien and Sedition Acts signed into law by President John Adams, Japanese American internment camps during WWII, and the use of torture after 9/11. After the threat has subsided, Americans must recognize any constitutional violations for what they were, lest they become the new normal.

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New York Times: As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

Mayor Bill de Blasio posted details on Twitter about a lawyer in Westchester County who was the second person in the state to test positive for the virus — including the name of the man’s seven-person law firm and the names of the schools attended by two of his children. A few hours later, The New York Post identified the lawyer by name and was soon referring to him as “patient zero” in the coronavirus outbreak in New Rochelle.

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