Category Archives: Surveillance technology

E.D.Wis.: Ptfs state claim that City of Green Bay’s installation of listening devices in public hallways likely violates the 4A

The City of Green Bay installed listening devices in public hallways of City Hall to monitor all conversations there for security purposes. When they found out, plaintiffs sued claiming a reasonable expectation of privacy in conversations conducted in such a … Continue reading

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NY Times: When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You

NY Times: When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You by William J. Broad (“New satellites that orbit the Earth at very low altitudes may result in a world where nothing is really off limits.”). Where does the … Continue reading

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Fast Company: Schools are using surveillance tech to catch students vaping—and doling out harsh punishments

Fast Company: Schools are using surveillance tech to catch students vaping—and doling out harsh punishments (“Sensors marketed as fighting COVID-19 are actually being used to monitor students and then threaten them with suspension—or even criminal charges.”). Is there a reasonable … Continue reading

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Reason: Government Misuse of Data Rightly Worries Americans

Reason: Government Misuse of Data Rightly Worries Americans by J.D. Tuccille (“Federal agencies frequently buy their way around the Fourth Amendment.”) But not Congress.

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WSJ: How Ads on Your Phone Can Aid Government Surveillance

WSJ: How Ads on Your Phone Can Aid Government Surveillance by Byron Tau, Andrew Mollica, Patience Haggis, and Dustin Volz (“Information from mobile-phone apps and advertising networks paints a richly detailed portrait of the online activities of billions of devices. … Continue reading

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NPR: ‘Too dangerous’: Why even Google was afraid to release this technology

NPR: ‘Too dangerous’: Why even Google was afraid to release this technology by Bobby Allyn (“Imagine strolling down a busy city street and snapping a photo of a stranger then uploading it into a search engine that almost instantaneously helps … Continue reading

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Guardian: TechScape: How police use location and search data to find suspects – and not always the right ones

Guardian: TechScape: How police use location and search data to find suspects – and not always the right ones (“It’s a practice public defenders, privacy advocates and many lawmakers have criticised, arguing it violates fourth amendment protections against unreasonable searches. … Continue reading

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Malwarebytes: How the cops buy a “God view” of your location data

Malwarebytes: How the cops buy a “God view” of your location data, with Bennett Cyphers: Lock and Code S04E09:

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techdirt: CBP Tells Senator Ron Wyden It Will Stop Buying Location Data From Third Parties

techdirt: CBP Tells Senator Ron Wyden It Will Stop Buying Location Data From Third Parties by Tim Cushing:

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Daily Kos: Your car is spying on you

Daily Kos: Your car is spying on you by Dartagnan:

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NBC: Detroit woman sues city after being falsely arrested while 8-months pregnant due to facial recognition technology

NBC: Detroit woman sues city after being falsely arrested while 8-months pregnant due to facial recognition technology by Mirna Alsharif & Cristian Santana (She was alleged to have committed a carjacking three weeks earlier despite being 7½ months pregnant. “‘Ms. … Continue reading

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Interesting Engineering: AI cameras are watching millions of cars in the US to nab criminals

Interesting Engineering: AI cameras are watching millions of cars in the US to nab criminals by Sejal Dharma (“A drug trafficker was arrested last year after an AI camera watched it move across states for two years.”)

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WIRED: Why We Don’t Recommend Ring Cameras

WIRED: Why We Don’t Recommend Ring Cameras by Adrienne So (“They’re affordable and ubiquitous, but homeowners shouldn’t be able to act as vigilantes.”):

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Sacramento Bee: Sacramento Sheriff is sharing license plate reader data with anti-abortion states, records show

Sacramento Bee: Sacramento Sheriff is sharing license plate reader data with anti-abortion states, records show by Andrew Sheeler:

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The Intercept: LexisNexis Is Selling Your Personal Data to ICE So It Can Try to Predict Crimes

The Intercept: LexisNexis Is Selling Your Personal Data to ICE So It Can Try to Predict Crimes by Sam Biddle (“ICE uses LexisNexis to track cars, gather information on people, and make arrests for its deportation machine, according to a … Continue reading

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Wired: An Anti-Porn App Put Him in Jail and His Family Under Surveillance

Wired: An Anti-Porn App Put Him in Jail and His Family Under Surveillance by Dhruv Mehrotra (“A court used an app called Covenant Eyes to surveil the family of a man released on bond. Now he’s back in jail, and … Continue reading

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NYT: One of the Last Bastions of Digital Privacy Is Under Threat

NYT: One of the Last Bastions of Digital Privacy Is Under Threat by Julia Angwin:

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Forbes: U.S. Government Buying ‘Intimate’ Data About Americans, Report Finds

Forbes: U.S. Government Buying ‘Intimate’ Data About Americans, Report Finds by Katherine Hamilton of the Forbes Staff (“Data brokers that collect information from Americans’ phones, web browsers and cars have contracts with numerous government agencies to sell them that data, … Continue reading

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EFF: Victory! New Jersey Court Rules Police Must Give Defendant the Facial Recognition Algorithms Used to Identify Him

EFF: Victory! New Jersey Court Rules Police Must Give Defendant the Facial Recognition Algorithms Used to Identify Him by Karen Gullo (“In a victory for transparency in police use of facial recognition, a New Jersey appellate court today ruled that … Continue reading

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NACDL: 4 articles on electronic searches

Clare Harvie, What Defense Counsel Should Know About Facial Recognition Technology, 47 Champion 16 (No. 3, May 2023) Jennifer S. Granick, Marking Warrants Great Again: Avoiding General Searches in the Execution of Warrants for Electronic Data, 47 Champion 28 (No. … Continue reading

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