Category Archives: Surveillance technology

Reason: Stop Your Car From Spying on You

Reason: Stop Your Car From Spying on You by J.D. Tuccille (“Modern cars are smartphones on wheels, but with less protection for your data.”):

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NACDL webinar: ALPR and the 4A, April 11

April 11th, register here, but only for NACDL members:

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CA11: Even if Carpenter applied to license plate readers, it happened before Carpenter was decided so good faith applies

Even if Carpenter applied to automated license plate readers, it was decided the day after this happened, so the good faith exception would apply in any event. In addition, the officer’s testimony about it was lay testimony under F.R.E. 702. … Continue reading

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Lawfare: Data Broker Sales and the Fourth Amendment

Lawfare: Data Broker Sales and the Fourth Amendment by Aaron X. Sobel (“Why the Fourth Amendment doesn’t actually prevent the government from purchasing personal data from data brokers.”)

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W.D.N.C.: Def agreed to electronic monitoring as a condition of release

Defendant agreed to electronic monitoring as a condition of release, so it was admissible in evidence. United States v. Anthony, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40422 (W.D.N.C. Mar. 6, 2024). Defendant’s improper lane change was seen in the rearview mirror, so … Continue reading

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AK: Police aerial flyover with telephoto lens of rural property violates state right of privacy

Under the Alaska Constitution, an aerial flyover with a telephoto lens of rural property in a “sparsely populated area” in the woods north of Fairbanks produced evidence of a grow operation. In a long (and sensitive opinion), the Alaska Supreme … Continue reading

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WSJ: U.S. Spy Agencies Know Our Secrets. They Bought Them.

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Spy Agencies Know Our Secrets. They Bought Them. by Byron Tau (“Whatever the U.S. can do with commercial data, foreign governments can do too. Last week, President Biden signed an executive order to prevent certain adversary … Continue reading

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AP: A woman wins $3.8 million verdict after SWAT team searches wrong home based on Find My iPhone app

AP: A woman wins $3.8 million verdict after SWAT team searches wrong home based on Find My iPhone app by Colleen Slevin:

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E.D.Wis.: Ptfs state claim that City of Green Bay’s installation of listening devices in public hallways likely violates the 4A

The City of Green Bay installed listening devices in public hallways of City Hall to monitor all conversations there for security purposes. When they found out, plaintiffs sued claiming a reasonable expectation of privacy in conversations conducted in such a … Continue reading

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NY Times: When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You

NY Times: When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You by William J. Broad (“New satellites that orbit the Earth at very low altitudes may result in a world where nothing is really off limits.”). Where does the … Continue reading

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Fast Company: Schools are using surveillance tech to catch students vaping—and doling out harsh punishments

Fast Company: Schools are using surveillance tech to catch students vaping—and doling out harsh punishments (“Sensors marketed as fighting COVID-19 are actually being used to monitor students and then threaten them with suspension—or even criminal charges.”). Is there a reasonable … Continue reading

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Reason: Government Misuse of Data Rightly Worries Americans

Reason: Government Misuse of Data Rightly Worries Americans by J.D. Tuccille (“Federal agencies frequently buy their way around the Fourth Amendment.”) But not Congress.

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WSJ: How Ads on Your Phone Can Aid Government Surveillance

WSJ: How Ads on Your Phone Can Aid Government Surveillance by Byron Tau, Andrew Mollica, Patience Haggis, and Dustin Volz (“Information from mobile-phone apps and advertising networks paints a richly detailed portrait of the online activities of billions of devices. … Continue reading

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NPR: ‘Too dangerous’: Why even Google was afraid to release this technology

NPR: ‘Too dangerous’: Why even Google was afraid to release this technology by Bobby Allyn (“Imagine strolling down a busy city street and snapping a photo of a stranger then uploading it into a search engine that almost instantaneously helps … Continue reading

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Guardian: TechScape: How police use location and search data to find suspects – and not always the right ones

Guardian: TechScape: How police use location and search data to find suspects – and not always the right ones (“It’s a practice public defenders, privacy advocates and many lawmakers have criticised, arguing it violates fourth amendment protections against unreasonable searches. … Continue reading

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Malwarebytes: How the cops buy a “God view” of your location data

Malwarebytes: How the cops buy a “God view” of your location data, with Bennett Cyphers: Lock and Code S04E09:

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techdirt: CBP Tells Senator Ron Wyden It Will Stop Buying Location Data From Third Parties

techdirt: CBP Tells Senator Ron Wyden It Will Stop Buying Location Data From Third Parties by Tim Cushing:

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Daily Kos: Your car is spying on you

Daily Kos: Your car is spying on you by Dartagnan:

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NBC: Detroit woman sues city after being falsely arrested while 8-months pregnant due to facial recognition technology

NBC: Detroit woman sues city after being falsely arrested while 8-months pregnant due to facial recognition technology by Mirna Alsharif & Cristian Santana (She was alleged to have committed a carjacking three weeks earlier despite being 7½ months pregnant. “‘Ms. … Continue reading

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Interesting Engineering: AI cameras are watching millions of cars in the US to nab criminals

Interesting Engineering: AI cameras are watching millions of cars in the US to nab criminals by Sejal Dharma (“A drug trafficker was arrested last year after an AI camera watched it move across states for two years.”)

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