Category Archives: Surveillance technology

NYT: Bad facial recognition match

NYT: Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail by Kashmir Hill and Ryan Mac (“Randal Reid spent nearly a week in confinement, falsely accused of stealing purses in a state he said he had never … Continue reading

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Reason: Senators Ask DEA To Stop Buying Its Way Around Civil Liberties

Reason: Senators Ask DEA To Stop Buying Its Way Around Civil Liberties by Elizabeth Nolan Brown (“‘DEA agents were regularly paying for and receiving private customer information.’ Rather than obtain a warrant for some mailed packages or consumer travel data, … Continue reading

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Even burner phones can be sometimes traced

Detroit News: Woman guilty in threats case after 2020 presidential election by Robert Snell:

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Wired: Face Recognition Software Led to His Arrest. It Was Dead Wrong

Wired; Face Recognition Software Led to His Arrest. It Was Dead Wrong (“Alonzo Sawyer’s misidentification by algorithm made him a suspect for a crime police now say was committed by someone else—feeding debate over regulation.”)

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Reason: The Feds Are Buying Their Way Around the 4th Amendment

We gave away our privacy, fair and square, and capitalism trumps the Fourth Amendment: Reason: The Feds Are Buying Their Way Around the 4th Amendment by David McGarry (“Government agencies have paid to access huge amounts of Americans’ data.”)

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WaPo: Youngkin opposes effort to shield menstrual data from law enforcement

WaPo: Youngkin opposes effort to shield menstrual data from law enforcement by Laura Vozzella & Gregory S. Schneider (“The administration of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) helped defeat a bill this week to put menstrual data stored on period-tracking apps beyond … Continue reading

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ABA: Katz or Dogs? Why the Katz Reasonable Expectation of Privacy Test Is More Applicable to Advancing Technology than a Test Applied to Dog Sniffs

Katz or Dogs? Why the Katz Reasonable Expectation of Privacy Test Is More Applicable to Advancing Technology than a Test Applied to Dog Sniffs by Blade M. Allen (ABA Criminal Justice Jan. 23, 2023). (And I’m tired of cutsy Katz … Continue reading

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techdirt: Government Continues To Rely On Private Contractors To Bypass Privacy Protections

techdirt: Government Continues To Rely On Private Contractors To Bypass Privacy Protections by Tim Cushing (“There’s only so much domestic surveillance the government can engage in before it starts running into problems. The Supreme Court’s Carpenter decision strongly suggested gathering … Continue reading

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The Conversation: Not Big Brother, but close: a surveillance expert explains some of the ways we’re all being watched, all the time

The Conversation: Not Big Brother, but close: a surveillance expert explains some of the ways we’re all being watched, all the time (“Nearly ten years on, surveillance technologies permeate all aspects of our lives. They collect swathes of data from … Continue reading

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The Conversation: What is Fog Reveal? A legal scholar explains the app some police forces are using to track people without a warrant

The Conversation: What is Fog Reveal? A legal scholar explains the app some police forces are using to track people without a warrant by Anne Toomey McKenna (“Government use of Fog Reveal highlights a problematic difference between data privacy law … Continue reading

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Gizmodo: Whistleblower: Pentagon Purchased Mass Surveillance Tool Collecting Americans’ Web Browsing Data

Gizmodo: Whistleblower: Pentagon Purchased Mass Surveillance Tool Collecting Americans’ Web Browsing Data (“Multiple military intelligence offices have paid a data broker for access to internet traffic logs, which could reveal the online browsing histories of U.S. citizens, Sen. Ron Wyden … Continue reading

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The Crime Report: San Francisco PD Wants Access to Private Surveillance Cameras

The Crime Report: San Francisco PD Wants Access to Private Surveillance Cameras (“The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a consequential vote on a proposal from the San Francisco police department that seeks a boost in law enforcement access … Continue reading

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LATimes: Police Commission sets new rules for how LAPD uses surveillance technology

LATimes: Police Commission sets new rules for how LAPD uses surveillance technology (“The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday adopted new rules for how police can use crimefighting technologies, despite opposition from advocacy groups who said they could lead to … Continue reading

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Wired: Police Used a Baby’s DNA to Investigate Its Father for a Crime

Wired: Police Used a Baby’s DNA to Investigate Its Father for a Crime (“The blood is supposed to be used for medical purposes—these screenings identify babies with serious health issues, and they have been highly successful at reducing death and … Continue reading

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D.C.Cir.: FAA drone registration requirement violates no REP

The FAA rule requiring all drones when flying to transmit information about themselves violates no reasonable expectation of privacy. They operate in public airspace, which the federal government controls, and the rule requires a digital license plate but only electronically … Continue reading

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Politico: Amazon gave Ring videos to police without owners’ permission

Politico: Amazon gave Ring videos to police without owners’ permission by Alfred Ng (“The revelation highlights the many ways that police can get footage from Ring doorbells, and how often it happens without consent.”)

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S.D.Fla.: A § 1983 case over pre-Kraft video surveillance dismissed for QI

In another court ordered video surveillance massage parlor case, this time a § 1983 case, the surveillance order was pre-Kraft where the 4th DCA suppressed surveillance there, so the defendants get qualified immunity. Taig v. Currey, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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NBC News: Police sweep Google searches to find suspects. The tactic is facing its first legal challenge

NBC News: Police sweep Google searches to find suspects. The tactic is facing its first legal challenge by Jon Schuppe (“Privacy advocates are watching the case closely, concerned that police could use reverse keyword searches to investigate people who seek … Continue reading

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The Hill: Period tracking apps are trying to protect users’ privacy now that Roe is overturned

The Hill: Period tracking apps are trying to protect users’ privacy now that Roe is overturned by Shirin Ali (“Flo, a period tracker app that’s used by 200 million users worldwide, announced it was developing an anonymous mode which will … Continue reading

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Bustle: This Netflix Doc Shows How An IRS Scammer Uncovered Secret Spy Technology

Bustle: This Netflix Doc Shows How An IRS Scammer Uncovered Secret Spy Technology by Gretchen Smail (referring to Stringray):

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