Category Archives: Surveillance technology

NY Times: The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

NY Times: The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It by Kashmir Hill A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or … Continue reading

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NYTimes: How the Police Use Facial Recognition, and Where It Falls Short

NYTimes: How the Police Use Facial Recognition, and Where It Falls Short by Jennifer Valentino-DeVries (“Records from Florida, where law enforcement has long used the controversial technology, offer an inside look at its risks and rewards.”)

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WaPo: Editorial: California’s privacy law was supposed to spur Congress to act. It flubbed instead.

WaPo: Editorial: California’s privacy law was supposed to spur Congress to act. It flubbed instead. (“Last year was supposed to be the year of a federal privacy law. But Congress flubbed it, so the digital privacy law that seems likely … Continue reading

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WaPo: FBI asks Apple for help cracking Pensacola gunman’s iPhones

WaPo: FBI asks Apple for help cracking Pensacola gunman’s iPhones by Devlin Barrett: The FBI is pressing Apple for help opening iPhones that belonged to the Saudi military student who killed three people last month at a naval base in … Continue reading

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The Recorder/Law.com: Ring Slapped With Lawsuit Following Reports of Camera Security Breaches

The Recorder/Law.com: Ring Slapped With Lawsuit Following Reports of Camera Security Breaches by Alaina Lancaster (“Despite Amazon-owned Ring’s suite of security offerings, the federal complaint contends that the company has failed to set up ‘even basic cybersecurity protections.’”)

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USA Today: Racial bias in facial recognition software: What travelers should know as TSA, CBP expand programs

USA Today: Racial bias in facial recognition software: What travelers should know as TSA, CBP expand programs by Curtis Tate (“The Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been testing facial recognition technology at airports across the … Continue reading

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WaPo: ‘I killed Jennifer’: Doorbell camera captures a man confessing to his sister’s stabbing, police say

WaPo: ‘I killed Jennifer’: Doorbell camera captures a man confessing to his sister’s stabbing, police say by Brittany Shammas (“Michael Egwuagu was arrested on a murder charge — a stunning turn for the once-standout college football player.”)

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BuzzFeed: The Rise — And Rise — Of Mass Surveillance

BuzzFeed: The Rise — And Rise — Of Mass Surveillance by Megha Rajagopalan (“Eavesdropping bureaucrats have been replaced by algorithm-driven facial recognition technology. But the real impact of indiscriminate surveillance may be in our minds.”)

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N.D.Cal.: Google location history case is dismissed without prejudice

The Google location history case is dismissed without prejudice with leave to amend. Plaintiffs don’t show it is an invasion of privacy just because Google tracked only when using Google services. Carpenter and Jones are rejected as binding authority. In … Continue reading

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Fortune: Why Apple and Google Have ‘No Real Way’ to Stop Surveillance Apps Like ToTok

Fortune: Why Apple and Google Have ‘No Real Way’ to Stop Surveillance Apps Like ToTok by Alyssa Newcomb (“Perhaps the most troubling part of it all is that there would have been no way for either company to detect any … Continue reading

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EFF: Ring Throws Customers Under the Bus After Data Breach

EFF: Ring Throws Customers Under the Bus After Data Breach by Cooper Quintin and Bill Budington:

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NYTimes: Giving the Gift of Surveillance

NYTimes: Giving the Gift of Surveillance by Alex Kingsbury (“As 2019 comes to a close, millions of new spying devices are headed for American homes.”)

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