Category Archives: Surveillance technology

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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The Detroit News: Lawsuit: Man suffered ‘great harm’ after wrongful arrest based on Detroit’s facial recognition technology

The Detroit News: Lawsuit: Man suffered ‘great harm’ after wrongful arrest based on Detroit’s facial recognition technology by George Hunter (“Attorneys representing a Farmington Hills man filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking undisclosed damages from the city, its police chief … Continue reading

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Reason: Cops Are Using Facial Recognition Technology More Than Previously Revealed

Reason: Cops Are Using Facial Recognition Technology More Than Previously Revealed by J.D. Tuccille (“The surveillance state is available as a plug-and-play solution for any cop interested in a free trial period.”)

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Virginian Pilot: Virginia State Police admit — after repeated denials — that they used controversial facial recognition app

Virginian Pilot: Virginia State Police admit — after repeated denials — that they used controversial facial recognition app by Jonathan Edwards (“After repeated denials, the Virginia State Police last week admitted that some of their detectives used a controversial facial … Continue reading

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WaPo: How America’s surveillance networks helped the FBI catch the Capitol mob

WaPo: How America’s surveillance networks helped the FBI catch the Capitol mob by Drew Harwell and Craig Timberg (“Federal documents detailing the attacks at the U.S. Capitol show a mix of FBI techniques, from license plate readers to facial recognition, … Continue reading

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NYT: If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser

NYT: If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser by Brian X. Chen (“A new crop of internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.”) … Continue reading

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VICE: How Musicians and Sex Workers Beat Facial Recognition in New Orleans

VICE: How Musicians and Sex Workers Beat Facial Recognition in New Orleans by Carolina Sinders (“A grassroots coalition of Black youth, sex workers, and community advocates stood against the surveillance state—and won.”)

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WaPo: Thanks to covid-19, the age of biometric surveillance is here

WaPo: Thanks to covid-19, the age of biometric surveillance is here by Michele L. Norris:

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MI: City’s use of drone photos in zoning dispute violated homeowner’s REP

The township’s use of a drone to fly over defendant’s property to take pictures for a zoning dispute violated their reasonable expectation of privacy. The state legislature said that they have one from drone usage. Long Lake Twp. v. Maxon, … Continue reading

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VICE: Cars Have Your Location. This Spy Firm Wants to Sell It to the U.S. Military

VICE: Cars Have Your Location. This Spy Firm Wants to Sell It to the U.S. Military by Joseph Cox (“15 billion car locations. Nearly any country on Earth. ‘The Ulysses Group’ is pitching a powerful surveillance technology to the U.S. … Continue reading

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Forbes: Drones With ‘Most Advanced AI Ever’ Coming Soon To Your Local Police Department

Forbes: Drones With ‘Most Advanced AI Ever’ Coming Soon To Your Local Police Department by Thomas Brewster (“Founded by Google veterans and backed by $340 million from major VCs, Skydio is creating drones that seem straight out of science fiction—and … Continue reading

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WaPo: Massive camera hack exposes the growing reach and intimacy of American surveillance

WaPo: Massive camera hack exposes the growing reach and intimacy of American surveillance by Drew Harwell (“A breach of the camera start-up Verkada ‘should be a wake-up call to the dangers of self-surveillance,’ one expert said: ‘Our desire for some … Continue reading

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EFF: App Stores Have Kicked Out Some Location Data Brokers. Good, Now Kick Them All Out.

EFF: App Stores Have Kicked Out Some Location Data Brokers. Good, Now Kick Them All Out. by Bennett Cyphers:

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M.D.Fla.: Police dog attack on wrong person not promptly called off was excessive

The officer had reasonable suspicion to frisk three men before they fled him. Releasing a police dog was not unreasonable. The dog’s attack of a 40ish woman, however, was not seen to be reasonable, and the dog was not promptly … Continue reading

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Vox: Recode: App trackers secretly sell your location data to the government. App stores won’t stop them.

Vox: Recode: App trackers secretly sell your location data to the government. App stores won’t stop them. By Sara Morrison (“Google can’t stop trackers in its apps from selling location data to the government. Maybe the government can.”)

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Techdirt: Treasury Oversight Says IRS Should Consider Getting Warrants Before Buying Location Data From Data Brokers

Techdirt: Treasury Oversight Says IRS Should Consider Getting Warrants Before Buying Location Data From Data Brokers by Tim Cushing (“Last October, Senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren asked the IRS’s oversight to take a look at the agency’s use of … Continue reading

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The Intercept: LAPD Sought Ring Home Security Video Related to Black Lives Matter Protests

The Intercept: LAPD Sought Ring Home Security Video Related to Black Lives Matter Protests by Sam Biddle (“Emails obtained from the Los Angeles Police Department show that the department sought protest-related footage from Amazon’s Ring home camera systems in the … Continue reading

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NYT: Opinion: They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them.

NYT: Opinion: They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them. By Charlie Warzel and Stuart A. Thompson (“Times Opinion was able to identify individuals from a trove of leaked smartphone location data.”)

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CBS Baltimore: Baltimore’s Board Of Estimates Ends Agreement With Company Running Aerial Surveillance Program

CBS Baltimore: Baltimore’s Board Of Estimates Ends Agreement With Company Running Aerial Surveillance Program (“The Baltimore City Board of Estimates on Wednesday unanimously approved ending the city’s agreement with the company undertaking the controversial aerial surveillance program. In April 2020, … Continue reading

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The Intercept: How The LAPD And Palantir Use Data To Justify Racist Policing

The Intercept: How The LAPD And Palantir Use Data To Justify Racist Policing by Mara Hvistendahl (“In a new book, a sociologist who spent months embedded with the LAPD details how data-driven policing techwashes bias.”)

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