Category Archives: Surveillance technology

The Conversation: What is Fog Reveal? A legal scholar explains the app some police forces are using to track people without a warrant

The Conversation: What is Fog Reveal? A legal scholar explains the app some police forces are using to track people without a warrant by Anne Toomey McKenna (“Government use of Fog Reveal highlights a problematic difference between data privacy law … Continue reading

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Gizmodo: Whistleblower: Pentagon Purchased Mass Surveillance Tool Collecting Americans’ Web Browsing Data

Gizmodo: Whistleblower: Pentagon Purchased Mass Surveillance Tool Collecting Americans’ Web Browsing Data (“Multiple military intelligence offices have paid a data broker for access to internet traffic logs, which could reveal the online browsing histories of U.S. citizens, Sen. Ron Wyden … Continue reading

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The Crime Report: San Francisco PD Wants Access to Private Surveillance Cameras

The Crime Report: San Francisco PD Wants Access to Private Surveillance Cameras (“The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a consequential vote on a proposal from the San Francisco police department that seeks a boost in law enforcement access … Continue reading

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LATimes: Police Commission sets new rules for how LAPD uses surveillance technology

LATimes: Police Commission sets new rules for how LAPD uses surveillance technology (“The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday adopted new rules for how police can use crimefighting technologies, despite opposition from advocacy groups who said they could lead to … Continue reading

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Wired: Police Used a Baby’s DNA to Investigate Its Father for a Crime

Wired: Police Used a Baby’s DNA to Investigate Its Father for a Crime (“The blood is supposed to be used for medical purposes—these screenings identify babies with serious health issues, and they have been highly successful at reducing death and … Continue reading

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D.C.Cir.: FAA drone registration requirement violates no REP

The FAA rule requiring all drones when flying to transmit information about themselves violates no reasonable expectation of privacy. They operate in public airspace, which the federal government controls, and the rule requires a digital license plate but only electronically … Continue reading

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Politico: Amazon gave Ring videos to police without owners’ permission

Politico: Amazon gave Ring videos to police without owners’ permission by Alfred Ng (“The revelation highlights the many ways that police can get footage from Ring doorbells, and how often it happens without consent.”)

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S.D.Fla.: A § 1983 case over pre-Kraft video surveillance dismissed for QI

In another court ordered video surveillance massage parlor case, this time a § 1983 case, the surveillance order was pre-Kraft where the 4th DCA suppressed surveillance there, so the defendants get qualified immunity. Taig v. Currey, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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NBC News: Police sweep Google searches to find suspects. The tactic is facing its first legal challenge

NBC News: Police sweep Google searches to find suspects. The tactic is facing its first legal challenge by Jon Schuppe (“Privacy advocates are watching the case closely, concerned that police could use reverse keyword searches to investigate people who seek … Continue reading

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The Hill: Period tracking apps are trying to protect users’ privacy now that Roe is overturned

The Hill: Period tracking apps are trying to protect users’ privacy now that Roe is overturned by Shirin Ali (“Flo, a period tracker app that’s used by 200 million users worldwide, announced it was developing an anonymous mode which will … Continue reading

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Bustle: This Netflix Doc Shows How An IRS Scammer Uncovered Secret Spy Technology

Bustle: This Netflix Doc Shows How An IRS Scammer Uncovered Secret Spy Technology by Gretchen Smail (referring to Stringray):

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EFF: How the Federal Government Buys Our Cell Phone Location Data

EFF: How the Federal Government Buys Our Cell Phone Location Data by Bennett Cyphers:

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LawFare: The Impotence of the Fourth Amendment in a Post-Roe World

LawFare Blog: The Impotence of the Fourth Amendment in a Post-Roe World by Jolynn Bellinger & Stephanie Pell:

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Gizmodo: New Research Suggests Always-On Bluetooth Could Be Used to Track Your Phone

Gizmodo: New Research Suggests Always-On Bluetooth Could Be Used to Track Your Phone by Kyle Barr (“With tracking devices like Apple AirTags used to stalk and harass, this new research proves there will always be novel ways for technology to … Continue reading

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NYTimes: A Face Search Engine Anyone Can Use Is Alarmingly Accurate

NYTimes: A Face Search Engine Anyone Can Use Is Alarmingly Accurate (“PimEyes is a paid service that finds photos of a person from across the internet, including some the person may not want exposed.”)

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WaPo: AI may be searching you for guns the next time you go out in public

WaPo: AI may be searching you for guns the next time you go out in public (“A Massachusetts company says it could help stop shootings like the Tops massacre in Buffalo. Its surveillance product is increasingly popular — and, critics … Continue reading

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Scientific American: Yes, Phones Can Reveal if Someone Gets an Abortion

Scientific American: Yes, Phones Can Reveal if Someone Gets an Abortion by Sophie Bushwick (“To protect personal information from companies that sell data, some individuals are relying on privacy guides instead of government regulation or industry transparency.”)

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LATimes: Immigration officials created network that can spy on majority of Americans, report says

LATimes: Immigration officials created network that can spy on majority of Americans, report says by Cindy Carcamo (“Immigration and Customs Enforcement has crafted a sophisticated surveillance dragnet designed to spy on most people living in the United States, without the … Continue reading

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WaPo: Editorial: Lack of a federal privacy law opens the door to dystopia

WaPo: Editorial: Lack of a federal privacy law opens the door to dystopia (“Imagine every one of us could be located using only a photograph, or identified based on the way we walk — that our fingerprints could be scanned … Continue reading

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WaPo: Opinion: Democracies shouldn’t surrender to a future of limitless surveillance

WaPo: Opinion: Democracies shouldn’t surrender to a future of limitless surveillance (“‘Almost all governments in Europe are using our tools.’ This boast from the chief executive of Israeli spyware company NSO Group reveals the extent to which surveillance software has … Continue reading

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