Category Archives: Surveillance technology

NY Times: How Infrared Images Could Be Part of Your Daily Life

NY Times: How Infrared Images Could Be Part of Your Daily Life by Jonah M. Kessel (“In a post-quarantine world, heat sensors could help spot sick people with elevated temperatures as they enter public places. But it’s not that simple.”)

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NPR: WBUR: Boston Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology.

NPR: WBUR: Boston Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology. It’s The 2nd-Largest City To Do So (“Boston has banned the use of facial surveillance technology in the city, becoming the second-largest community in the world to do so.”)

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WaPo: I was wrongfully arrested because of facial recognition. Why are police allowed to use it?

WaPo: I was wrongfully arrested because of facial recognition. Why are police allowed to use it? by Robert Williams:

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NPR: Tech Companies Are Limiting Police Use of Facial Recognition. Here’s Why

NPR: Tech Companies Are Limiting Police Use of Facial Recognition. Here’s Why (“Earlier this month, IBM said it was getting out of the facial recognition business. Then Amazon and Microsoft announced prohibitions on law enforcement using their facial recognition tech. … Continue reading

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Nat’l L. Rev.: The Constitution Protects Faces in the Crowd

Nat’l L. Rev.: The Constitution Protects Faces in the Crowd by Theodore F. Claypoole (“Unlimited law enforcement application of facial recognition software to surveillance footage is an unreasonable search and a violation of Constitutional rights for people in a peaceful … Continue reading

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WaPo: LAX is testing fever-detecting cameras as passengers depart and arrive

WaPo: LAX is testing fever-detecting cameras as passengers depart and arrive by Hannah Sampson (“Starting Tuesday, some travelers at Los Angeles International Airport will be asked to undergo a new screening process long before they get to security checkpoints: walking … Continue reading

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WSJ: IRS Used Cellphone Location Data to Try to Find Suspects [but it didn’t work]

WSJ: IRS Used Cellphone Location Data to Try to Find Suspects by Byron Tau (“The unsuccessful effort shows how anonymized information sold by marketers is increasingly being used by law enforcement to identify suspects”)

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NYTimes: Council Forces N.Y.P.D. to Disclose Use of Drones and Other Spy Tech

NYTimes: Council Forces N.Y.P.D. to Disclose Use of Drones and Other Spy Tech by Alan Feuer (“The bill, which the mayor is likely to sign, compels the police to disclose the technology they use and data they collect.”)

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CNN: Air Force inspector general investigating use of military aircraft to monitor protesters

CNN: Air Force inspector general investigating use of military aircraft to monitor protesters by Barbara Starr and Caroline Kelly:

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Buzzfeed News: Many Police Departments Have Software That Can Identify People In Crowds

Buzzfeed News: Many Police Departments Have Software That Can Identify People In Crowds by Caroline Haskins (“BriefCam, a facial recognition and surveillance video analysis company, sells the ability to surveil protesters and enforce social distancing — without the public knowing.”)

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Recode by Vox: Why it matters that IBM is getting out of the facial recognition business

Recode by Vox: Why it matters that IBM is getting out of the facial recognition business by Rebecca Heilweil (“Researchers have for years warned about the problems with facial recognition. Now Big Blue is ditching the tech.”)

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OneZero: Google’s Geofence Warrants Face a Major Legal Challenge

OneZero: Google’s Geofence Warrants Face a Major Legal Challenge by Liz Brody (“Police requests for Google data that pinpoints anyone near the scene of a crime increased by more than 500% last year…The opposition to geofencing warrants is growing. The … Continue reading

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WaPo: Amazon bans police use of its facial-recognition technology for a year

WaPo: Amazon bans police use of its facial-recognition technology for a year by Jay Greene:

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N.D.Ind.: Def’s claim the warrant for his Facebook account is akin to Carpenter and CSLI fails as completely speculative and an admitted “guess”

United States v. Cox, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97326 (N.D. Ind. June 3, 2020):

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Privacy News Online: DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters

Privacy News Online: DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters by Caleb Chen (” The DEA is now surveilling protesters in the United States. BuzzFeedNews has uncovered a memorandum that shows that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been … Continue reading

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EFF: Don’t Mix Policing with COVID-19 Contact Tracing

EFF: Don’t Mix Policing with COVID-19 Contact Tracing by Adam Schwartz (“Over the weekend, Minnesota’s Public Safety Commissioner analogized COVID-19 contact tracing with police investigation of arrested protesters. This analogy is misleading and dangerous. It also underlines the need for … Continue reading

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