Category Archives: Surveillance technology

techdirt: Lawsuit Filed Challenging Constitutionality Of Vast Network Of Illinois License Plate Readers

techdirt: Lawsuit Filed Challenging Constitutionality Of Vast Network Of Illinois License Plate Readers by Tim Cushing (“This lawsuit might be a long shot, but it’s not completely a foregone conclusion at this point. The state of Illinois has tougher privacy … Continue reading

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Va. Lawyers Weekly: Automatic license plate reader data suppressed

Trial court order: Va. Lawyers Weekly: Automatic license plate reader data suppressed by Nick Hurston (“A trial court found that Norfolk’s newly installed automatic license plate reader, or ALPR, camera system constituted a Fourth Amendment search and granted a defendant’s … Continue reading

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NYT: Is Your Driving Being Secretly Scored?

NY Times: Is Your Driving Being Secretly Scored? by Kashmir Hill (“The insurance industry, hungry for insights into how people drive, has turned to automakers and smartphone apps like Life360.”) Almost a cloud based black box for your car.

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MSN: Emergence of Police Drones: Surveillance, Safety, and the Specter of Privacy Concerns

MSN: Emergence of Police Drones: Surveillance, Safety, and the Specter of Privacy Concerns by Ethan Brown (“A groundbreaking investigation, based on more than 22 million of flight coordinates, has revealed the expansive scope of the United States’ first full-fledged police … Continue reading

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D.Utah: License plate readers can’t be compared to CSLI

Automatic license plate readers showing points where a vehicle was located at various times can’t be compared to CSLI. The officers also had reasonable suspicion during this stop. It also did not violate state law. United States v. Salcido-Gonzalez, 2024 … Continue reading

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Popular Science: Law enforcement collected over 1.5 million people’s DNA since 2020

Popular Science: Law enforcement collected over 1.5 million people’s DNA since 2020 by Andrew Paul (‘The government’s DNA collection program represents a massive expansion of genetic surveillance.’).

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WaPo: These cities bar facial recognition tech. Police still found ways to access it.

WaPo: These cities bar facial recognition tech. Police still found ways to access it. by Douglas MacMillan (“Citing concerns about accuracy and racial bias, the cities banned the technology. So some police officers sought help from other law enforcement agencies.”)

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Reason: Here’s How the CIA Plans To Use Your Ad Tracking Data

Reason: Here’s How the CIA Plans To Use Your Ad Tracking Data by Matthew Petti (“The intelligence community is admitting that info from data brokers is sensitive but isn’t accepting hard limits on how to use it.” “For years, the … Continue reading

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WaPo: Apple, Google and Venmo fight new U.S. plan to monitor payment apps

WaPo: Apple, Google and Venmo fight new U.S. plan to monitor payment apps by Tony Romm (“The U.S. government is weighing whether to treat Apple, Google and PayPal-owned Venmo more like banks — and regularly inspect some of their operations … Continue reading

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WaPo: Dating apps selling users’ sexual preferences

WaPo: Dating apps are collecting more of your information than you think by Chris Velasco (“Research from the Mozilla Foundation says these apps are getting ‘thirstier’ for our data”)

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Fox News: SEC hit with new lawsuit alleging ‘mass surveillance’ of Americans through stock market data

Fox News: SEC hit with new lawsuit alleging ‘mass surveillance’ of Americans through stock market data by Brianna Herlihy (“A new lawsuit calls the SEC’s data collection ‘completely unlawful,’ putting Americans’ financial data at ‘grave risk’”)

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CNS: Google to pay $62 million for tracking users without consent

Courthouse News Service: Google to pay $62 million for tracking users without consent by Natalie Hanson (“Google will pay $62 million to numerous nonprofits on behalf of people who say the company violated their constitutional and common law privacy rights … Continue reading

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Lawfare: How Google’s Location History Program Could Upend Digital Surveillance Law

Lawfare: How Google’s Location History Program Could Upend Digital Surveillance Law (“Federal courts may eliminate Fourth Amendment protections for cell phone data based on dubious claims about Google’s Location History.”)

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Newsday: Planned New York City subway body scans for weapons draw constitutional concerns

Newsday: Planned New York City subway body scans for weapons draw constitutional concerns (paywall)

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Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) litigation

From today’s webinar by NACDL’s Fourth Amendment Center. Summary of materials here. The video will be posted on nacdl.org later.

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Lawfare: What Does the Public Think About Government Use of Facial Recognition?

Lawfare: What Does the Public Think About Government Use of Facial Recognition? by Matthew Kugler (“New data suggests that the public is broadly accepting of targeted facial recognition use even as it is concerned about casual facial surveillance becoming an … Continue reading

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TechCrunch: ‘Reverse’ searches: The sneaky ways that police tap tech companies for your private data

TechCrunch: ‘Reverse’ searches: The sneaky ways that police tap tech companies for your private data by Zack Whittaker (“U.S. police departments are increasingly relying on a controversial surveillance practice to demand large amounts of users’ data from tech companies, with … Continue reading

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thedrive.com: Police Are Tagging Fleeing Cars With GPS Darts to Avoid Dangerous Pursuits

thedrive.com: Police Are Tagging Fleeing Cars With GPS Darts to Avoid Dangerous Pursuits by Nico DeMattia (“The launchers are typically mounted to the front of cop cars and can fire darts at up to 30 mph.”). [Exigency, like an emergency … Continue reading

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NYU L. Rev.: If Wheels Could Talk: Fourth Amendment Protections Against Police Access to Automobile Data

Nicole Mo, If Wheels Could Talk: Fourth Amendment Protections Against Police Access to Automobile Data, 98 NYU L. Rev. 2232 (Dec. 2023):

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Reason: Stop Your Car From Spying on You

Reason: Stop Your Car From Spying on You by J.D. Tuccille (“Modern cars are smartphones on wheels, but with less protection for your data.”):

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