Minnewaska school district strengthens privacy policies after settlement with aclu-mn

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota succeeded in defending the rights of their client, Riley Stratton, with the settlement of their case against Stratton's school. In 2012, the ACLU-MN filed a lawsuit against the Minnewaska School District for violating Stratton's rights (she was a 6th grader at the time) when they unjustly punished her for content she posted on her Facebook page and forced her to turn over her passwords for her Facebook and email accounts. The case was recently settled and as a part of the agreement the School District agreed to strengthen privacy protections for its students and pay damages. Read more.

Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Must be Prevented

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a brief in the case Garcia-Mendoza v 2003 Chevy Tahoe. In this case an individual’s vehicle and money were seized after police made an illegal stop and found drugs in the vehicle. The ACLU-MN believes if the original stop was illegal, law enforcement should no longer be able to seize the property. This case is currently before the Minnesota Supreme Court. Read more.

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