NASA v. Nelson

EFF urged the United States Supreme Court to uphold an appeals court decision that blocks invasive and unnecessary background checks at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) arguing that the over-collection of personal data puts employees' privacy at risk.

The case was originally filed by federal contract employees working at CalTech's Jet Propulsion Lab which houses NASA's robotic spacecraft laboratory. The workers were low-risk by NASA's own admission and did not work on classified projects. Yet the government instituted sweeping background checks including a requirement to list three references who were then questioned about the employees' general behavior. NASA said it needed the information to assess "suitability" for government employment and would check factors like "carnal knowledge " "homosexuality " "cohabitation " and "illegitimate children."

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

Diverse groups stand united against any short-term reauthorization of Section 215: https://eff.org/r.2dbm

May 22 @ 2:49pm

The Garcia v. Google dissent may give a scary glimpse of the future of undemocratic copyright policy laundering: https://eff.org/r.i11k

May 22 @ 2:23pm

Today, the Senate is discussing TPP and NSA throughout the day. To follow the discussion as it happens, follow @EFFlive.

May 22 @ 1:04pm
JavaScript license information