Category Archives: Surveillance technology

NY Times: How the N.Y.P.D. Is Using Post-9/11 Tools on Everyday New Yorkers

NY Times: How the N.Y.P.D. Is Using Post-9/11 Tools on Everyday New Yorkers by Ali Watkins (“Two decades after the attack on New York City, the Police Department is using counterterrorism tools and tactics to combat routine street crime.”)

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NY Times: Hear That? It’s Your Voice Being Taken for Profit.

NY Times: Hear That? It’s Your Voice Being Taken for Profit. by Joseph Turow (“Based on voice signatures, patented Google circuitry infers gender and age. A parent can program the system to turn electronic devices on or off as a … Continue reading

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Ars Technica: LA police ask people they stop for their Facebook and Twitter account info

Ars Technica: LA police ask people they stop for their Facebook and Twitter account info by John Brodkin (“Data is fed into Palantir and helps enable “large-scale monitoring.”)

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S.D.Ind.: IU’s CrimsonCard key card system has no REP in user movements

Indiana University’s CrimsonCard, a key card, that tracks movement into University buildings and facilities, does not carry a reasonable expectation of privacy. This case arose from an investigation of a hazing incident, and the University was corroborating alleged alibis. There … Continue reading

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WaPo: We built a system like Apple’s to flag child sexual abuse material — and concluded the tech was dangerous

WaPo: We built a system like Apple’s to flag child sexual abuse material — and concluded the tech was dangerous by Jonathan Mayer and Anunay Kulshrestha (“We wrote the only peer-reviewed publication on how to build a system like Apple’s … Continue reading

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NYTimes: The Illusion of Privacy Is Getting Harder to Sell

NYTimes: The Illusion of Privacy Is Getting Harder to Sell by Greg Bensinger:

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WaPo: Apple plans to scan iPhones to find sexual predators. Some fear the software could be weaponized.

WaPo: Apple plans to scan iPhones to find sexual predators. Some fear the software could be weaponized. By Reed Albergotti (“The new push pits Apple against civil liberties activists and appears to contradict some of the company’s own long-held assertions … Continue reading

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WaPo: Opinion: Privacy is a fiction in the Internet age. A priest’s case proves it.

WaPo: Opinion: Privacy is a fiction in the Internet age. A priest’s case proves it. (“The top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned last month after a newsletter used data from his cellphone to confirm his use … Continue reading

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Star Tribune: Opinion: We must face up to the dangers of surveillance technology

Star Tribune: Opinion: We must face up to the dangers of surveillance technology (“Every day that goes by without effective oversight makes it that much harder to rein the technology back in.”)

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WaPo: Private Israeli spyware used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists worldwide

WaPo: Private Israeli spyware used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists worldwide by Dana Priest, Craig Timberg, and Souad Mekhennet (“NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, licensed to governments around the globe, can infect phones without a click”):

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Vox: From Macy’s to Ace Hardware, facial recognition is already everywhere

Vox: From Macy’s to Ace Hardware, facial recognition is already everywhere by Rebecca Heilwell (“Facial recognition is popping up at our favorite stores, but customers are largely unaware.”)

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MLive: Michigan man misidentified by facial recognition technology warns Congress of risks posed by police surveillance

MLive: Michigan man misidentified by facial recognition technology warns Congress of risks posed by police surveillance by Malachi Barrett (“A Michigan man who was wrongly arrested after being misidentified by facial recognition technology joined expert witnesses who warned a congressional … Continue reading

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WaPo: Editorial: Want to know how federal law enforcement uses facial recognition? Tough luck.

WaPo: Editorial: Want to know how federal law enforcement uses facial recognition? Tough luck. (“How is federal law enforcement harnessing facial recognition technology? We don’t know the half of it — because federal law enforcement doesn’t know itself.”)

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WaPo: If facial recognition is not regulated now, it will never be used responsibly

WaPo: If facial recognition is not regulated now, it will never be used responsibly (“Facial recognition software is full of peril, but it’s also full of potential. with the powerful technology still in its infancy and regulation next to nonexistent, … Continue reading

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WaPo: The latest feature on crime app Citizen raises alarms as it accuses the wrong man of arson

WaPo: The latest feature on crime app Citizen raises alarms as it accuses the wrong man of arson by Rachel Lerman & Heather Kelly (“Citizen, a popular app that tracks crimes in cities, offered a $30,000 reward this weekend for … Continue reading

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Inside Hook: Amazon’s Ring Is Basically a Giant Civilian Surveillance Network

Inside Hook: Amazon’s Ring Is Basically a Giant Civilian Surveillance Network by Kirk Miller (“After partnering with almost 2,000 police departments, is this home security product a threat to democracy?”)

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WaPo: Amazon extends ban on police use of its facial recognition technology indefinitely

WaPo: Amazon extends ban on police use of its facial recognition technology indefinitely by Drew Harwell (“The tech giant said in June its freeze would last a year to ‘give Congress enough time to implement appropriate rules.’ No federal laws … Continue reading

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The Intercept: Your Car Is Spying On You, And A CBP Contract Shows The Risks

The Intercept: Your Car Is Spying On You, And A CBP Contract Shows The Risks by Sam Biddle (“A ‘vehicle forensics kit’ can reveal where you’ve driven, what doors you opened, and who your friends are.”)

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EFF: Your Service Provider’s Terms of Service Shouldn’t Overrule Your 4A Rights

EFF: Your Service Provider’s Terms of Service Shouldn’t Overrule Your Fourth Amendment Rights by Jennifer Lynch:

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Reason: Lawmakers Look To Stop the Feds From Secretly Buying Your Private Data

Reason: Lawmakers Look To Stop the Feds From Secretly Buying Your Private Data by Scott Shackford (“A 2018 Supreme Court decision was supposed to protect your location data from federal snooping. That’s not what happened.”)

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