Category Archives: Surveillance technology

Slate: It’s Time for a Reckoning About This Foundational Piece of Police Technology

Slate: It’s Time for a Reckoning About This Foundational Piece of Police Technology by Rashida Richardson and Amba Kak (“Criminal intelligence databases may seem unobjectionable in an era of facial recognition and predictive policing. But they are deeply flawed, too.”)

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EFF: Things to Know Before Your Neighborhood Installs an Automated License Plate Reader

EFF: Things to Know Before Your Neighborhood Installs an Automated License Plate Reader by Jason Kelley and Matthew Guariglia (“Every week EFF receives emails from members of homeowner’s associations wondering if their Homeowner’s Association (HOA) or Neighborhood Association is making … Continue reading

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The Intercept: Operation Legend is Bringing Surveillance Tech to Cities

The Intercept: Operation Legend is Bringing Surveillance Tech to Cities by Ktaya Schwenk (“Using federal grants, cities are contracting with companies that hack smartphones and detect gunshots.”)

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AP: Appeals court hears Baltimore’s aerial surveillance case

AP: Appeals court hears Baltimore’s aerial surveillance case by Regina Garcia Cano (“A panel of federal appeals court judges on Thursday appeared to have differing views on whether an aerial surveillance program in Baltimore should continue to be tested as … Continue reading

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CNN Business: Portland passes broadest facial recognition ban in the US

CNN Business: Portland passes broadest facial recognition ban in the US by Rachel Metz (“The city of Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday banned the use of facial-recognition technology by city departments — including local police — as well as public-facing businesses … Continue reading

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Vice: Faulty Facial Recognition Led to His Arrest—Now He’s Suing

Vice: Faulty Facial Recognition Led to His Arrest—Now He’s Suing by Natalie O’Neill (“Michael Oliver is the second Black man found to be wrongfully arrested by Detroit police because of the technology—and his lawyers suspect there are many more.”)

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New LR article: Local Police Surveillance and the Administrative Fourth Amendment

Mailyn Fidler, Local Police Surveillance and the Administrative Fourth Amendment, 36 Santa Clara High Tech. L.J. 481 (2020).

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EFF: Proctoring Apps Subject Students to Unnecessary Surveillance

EFF: Proctoring Apps Subject Students to Unnecessary Surveillance by Jason Kelley & Lindsay Oliver (“With COVID-19 forcing millions of teachers and students to rethink in-person schooling, this moment is ripe for an innovation in learning. Unfortunately, many schools have simply … Continue reading

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FL4: Surreptitious video surveillance in Kraft spa case was unreasonable for lack of minimization

The warranted video surveillance of the spa in the Kraft case was unreasonable for lack of minimization to protect privacy. The law on surreptitious surveillance and minimization is well settled. “The type of law enforcement surveillance utilized in these cases … Continue reading

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CNET: License plate tracking for police set to go nationwide

CNET: License plate tracking for police set to go nationwide by Alfred Ng (“A company that makes a license plate reader announces a national network for law enforcement to follow car movements. It’s already in more than 700 cities.”)

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Gothamist: NYPD Used Facial Recognition Technology In Siege Of Black Lives Matter Activist’s Apartment

Gothamist: NYPD Used Facial Recognition Technology In Siege Of Black Lives Matter Activist’s Apartment (“The NYPD deployed facial recognition technology in its hunt for a prominent Black Lives Matter activist, whose home was besieged by dozens of officers and police … Continue reading

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Townhall: One of America’s Largest Cities Is Using a 1984 Tactic to Find Quarantine Violators

Townhall: One of America’s Largest Cities Is Using a 1984 Tactic to Find Quarantine Violators by Beth Baumann:

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WaPo: Data isn’t just being collected from your phone. It’s being used to score you.

WaPo: Data isn’t just being collected from your phone. It’s being used to score you. by Harvey Rosenfield & Laura Antonini (“Operating in the shadows of the online marketplace, specialized tech companies you’ve likely never heard of are tapping vast … Continue reading

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FoxNews: Google CEO says tech giant deletes this information used by police

FoxNews: Google CEO says tech giant deletes this information used by police by Brooke Brothers (“Google now sets a time limit on data used by police for tracking suspects, the CEO said at Wednesday’s congressional hearing with tech giants. The … Continue reading

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The Oklahoman: Portable x-ray for traffic stops

The Oklahoman: McClain County sheriff’s new device seeks contraband by Randy Ellis (“The McClain County Sheriff’s Office has new technology to use in its war on drugs and other crime — a hand-held X-ray device. The sophisticated technology can see … Continue reading

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techdirt: The FBI Is Abusing The All Writs Act To Gain Access To Millions Of Travel Records

techdirt: The FBI Is Abusing The All Writs Act To Gain Access To Millions Of Travel Records by Tim Cushing:

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