Protecting Adults from Stalkers

Posted by on December 14th, 2012

Senator Al Franken has introduced the Location Privacy Protection Act (S. 1223), which would ban spyware that sneaks onto your cell phone and tells someone else your GPS location or other sensitive information. Such apps are being marketed to employers who want to spy on their employees, to people who want to spy on their […]

Texas School District Reportedly Threatening Students Who Refuse Tracking ID

Posted by on October 9th, 2012

Weeks after Northside Independent School District in San Antonio rolled out its new “smart” IDs that tracks students’ geographic locations, the community is still at odds with the program. The “Student Locator Project,” which is slated to eventually reach 112 Texas schools and close to 100,000 students, is in trial stages in two Northside district […]

NYRA’s Letter to Matt Smith

Posted by on March 29th, 2012

Matt Smith, principal at Garrett High School in Indiana, recently expelled a student for Tweeting a swear word on his own time. In response, NYRA’s new Executive Director sent Smith the following message: Dear Mr. Smith, I was disappointed to hear reports that your school chose to expel a student for a Tweet he wrote […]

Minnesota girl alleges school privacy invasion

Posted by on March 14th, 2012

A Minnesota middle school student, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, is suing her school district over a search of her Facebook and e-mail accounts by school employees. The 12-year-old sixth grade student, identified in court documents only as R.S., was on two occasions punished for statements she made on her Facebook […]

Check Your Constitutional Rights at the Classroom Door? Not on Our Watch.

Posted by on October 26th, 2011

The ruling is in: Linn State Technical College’s mandatory drug-testing policy is patently unconstitutional, and will not stand. After a seven-hour hearing Tuesday, Judge Nanette K. Laughrey of the Western District of Missouri granted our preliminary injunction against the public school, blocking any further drug testing or analysis of urine samples already taken from students. […]

Officials Use Ruse At Wolcott High To Clear Halls For Drug Search

Posted by on October 22nd, 2011

At Wolcott High School one morning this week, an urgent announcement crackled over the intercom: a threatening intruder was in the building and students were told to immediately take refuge in classrooms. Doors were locked and police, with dogs, moved in. Students stayed huddled in classrooms where they were told to stay away from the […]

Koroknay-Palicz Defends Youth Privacy at Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference

Posted by on June 23rd, 2011

The American Library Association (ALA) assembled a panel to discuss Youth, Privacy and Freedom at this year’s Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference in Washington, DC. NYRA was pleased to participate in the very successful ALA conference on Youth & Privacy in Chicago this March, and was honored to be invited to speak on this panel. […]

NYRA President Defends Youth Privacy on CNN’s HLN Prime News

Posted by on February 1st, 2011

Last night NYRA’s President, Jeffrey Nadel, took on New York State Senator and former police officer (better known for his crusade against sagging pants), Eric Adams, to defend the privacy and dignity of young people against his attacks. Sen. Adams published a video on YouTube urging parents to search the rooms and backpacks of their […]

NYRA President Goes on CNN to Defend Youth Privacy!!

Posted by on January 31st, 2011

Tonight, NYRA President Jeffrey Nadel, appeared on national television to debate NY State Sen. Eric Adams about his new video calling on parents to routinely search through the rooms of their kids for guns and drugs. Nadel did a fantastic job, and in response to his common sense and fact based argument the flustered Senator […]

NYRA Takes On State Senator’s Calls for Invading Privacy of Youth

Posted by on January 31st, 2011

Today, New York State Senator and former police officer (better known for his crusade against sagging pants), Eric Adams, published a video on YouTube instructing parents on how to search the rooms and backpacks of their kids for drugs and weapons. His calls for parents to invade the privacy of their children has attracted considerable […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.