Category Archives: Surveillance technology

Recode: Your phone is not secretly spying on your conversations. It doesn’t need to.

Recode: Your phone is not secretly spying on your conversations. It doesn’t need to. By Eric Johnson Northeastern University researchers Dave Choffnes and Christo Wilson (mostly) debunk the internet’s favorite conspiracy theory on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.

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Gizmodo: Microsoft Asks Congress to Regulate Face Recognition

Gizmodo: Microsoft Asks Congress to Regulate Face Recognition by Sidney Fussell:

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S.D.Tex.: Ct credits def’s version; on govt’s: “Hypothetical could-haves or would-haves simply will not do.” Govt conceded gamma ray scan was search.

Defendant was stopped at the I-35 immigration check point near Laredo. The video is soundless and 14 seconds long. The officer’s version doesn’t seem possible within the time of the video, but the defendant’s does. The officer had the defendant … Continue reading

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The Verge: California malls have been feeding license plate data to a national network linked with ICE

The Verge: California malls have been feeding license plate data to a national network linked with ICE by Russell Brandom: A number of California malls appear to be feeding data back to a national license-plate reader network linked to Immigration … Continue reading

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NYT: How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s on Tonight

NYT: How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s on Tonight by Sapna Maheshwari:

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Gizmodo: These Academics Spent the Last Year Testing Whether Your Phone Is Secretly Listening to You

Gizmodo: These Academics Spent the Last Year Testing Whether Your Phone Is Secretly Listening to You by Kashmir Hill (it’s not but apps tracking what you see and seek may make it seem that way):

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The Hill: Lawmakers should accept reality that digital communication can never be ‘too secure’

The Hill: Lawmakers should accept reality that digital communication can never be ‘too secure’ by Chris Howell:

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NYT: Newspaper Shooting Shows Widening Use of Facial Recognition by Authorities

NYT: Newspaper Shooting Shows Widening Use of Facial Recognition by Authorities by Cade Metz and Natasha Singer: When the police apprehended a suspect for the shootings at The Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, he refused to divulge … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: SW for cell phone can also compel use of biometric data to open it

The government may also seek a search warrant for a cell phone that requires use of biometric information to open it, as long as it happens at the time of execution. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in fingerprints … Continue reading

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WaPo: Facial recognition technology is finally more accurate in identifying people of color. Could that be used against immigrants?

WaPo: Facial recognition technology is finally more accurate in identifying people of color. Could that be used against immigrants? by Drew Harwell:

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NYTimes: Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

NYTimes: Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse by Nellie Bowles Internet-connected home devices that are marketed as the newest conveniences are also being used to harass, monitor and control.

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WaPo: Editorial: Congress must reckon with the Fourth Amendment and new technology

WaPo: Editorial: Congress must reckon with the Fourth Amendment and new technology A 5-to-4 decision suggests the Supreme Court’s view of “unreasonable searches” is evolving. The House and Senate should clarify the legal standard.

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