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Union of Concerned Scientists Calls for Limiting Scrutiny of Research

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has advocated for transparency of scientific research for decades, but it is now seeking to shield scientists from having to disclose certain information regarding their research. In a 2015 report by UCS, titled “Freedom to Bully: How Laws Intended to Free Information Are Used to Harass Researchers,” UCS laments scientists at public universities, research institutes, and federal agencies are increasingly being subjected to what it says are intrusive...

Judge Rules Seattle’s Warrantless Garbage Search Unconstitutional

King County Judge Beth Andrus ruled Seattle’s warrantless searches of garbage violates Washington State’s constitution, banning Seattle sanitation workers from looking for possible violations of the city’s composting law in residents’ trash. The April 27, 2016, ruling in Bonesteel, et al. v. City of Seattle shows states are able to grant rights beyond those guaranteed in the U.S. constitution. According to the Washington State Constitution, “No person shall be disturbed in his private affairs,...

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