Category Archives: Surveillance technology

Reason: Is Facial Recognition the New Fingerprinting—or Something Much Worse?

Reason: Is Facial Recognition the New Fingerprinting—or Something Much Worse? by Ronald Bailey: State DMVs are building a vast national digital identification database for federal law enforcement.

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WaPo: DMV databases become part of unprecedented surveillance infrastructure: Facial recognition

WaPo: DMV databases become part of unprecedented surveillance infrastructure by Drew Harwell: The FBI and ICE have turned state driver’s license databases into a facial-recognition gold mine, scanning through hundreds of millions of Americans’ photos without their knowledge or consent, … Continue reading

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The Hill: Cities lead crackdown on facial recognition tech

The Hill: Cities lead crackdown on facial recognition tech by Emily Birnbaum:

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TechCrunch: Amazon responds to a US senator’s inquiry, confirms Alexa voice records are kept indefinitely

TechCrunch: Amazon responds to a US senator’s inquiry, confirms Alexa voice records are kept indefinitely by Sarah Perez: Amazon has responded to a letter of inquiry it received from U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) that asks the company to detail … Continue reading

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The Atlantic: The Strange Politics of Facial Recognition

The Atlantic: The Strange Politics of Facial Recognition by Sidney Fussell: Everyone seems to have found common ground on the emerging technology. That’s exactly what its makers want.

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NYTimes: Opinion: A Major Police Body Cam Company Just Banned Facial Recognition

NYTimes: Opinion: A Major Police Body Cam Company Just Banned Facial Recognition: Its ethics board says the technology is not reliable enough to justify using.

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WaPo: Data brokers are selling your secrets. Some states are trying to stop them. It isn’t easy.

WaPo: Data brokers are selling your secrets. Some states are trying to stop them. It isn’t easy. By Douglas MacMillan: Vermont’s new data broker registry highlights the difficulties of regulating dozens of secretive firms that buy and sell the personal … Continue reading

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WaPo: Goodbye, Chrome: Google’s web browser has become spy software

WaPo: Goodbye, Chrome: Google’s web browser has become spy software by Geoffrey A. Fowler: Our latest privacy experiment found Chrome ushered more than 11,000 tracker cookies into our browser — in a single week. Here’s why Firefox is better.

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WaPo: Hacked documents reveal sensitive details of expanding border surveillance

WaPo: Hacked documents reveal sensitive details of expanding border surveillance by Drew Harwell: Far more information was taken in the hack of a Customs and Border Protection contractor than U.S. officials have acknowledged.

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Atlantic: Mass Surveillance Is Coming to a City Near You

Atlantic: Mass Surveillance Is Coming to a City Near You by Conor Friedersdorf: A tech entrepreneur wants to track the residents of a high-crime American community.

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Law360: Digital Data Privacy One Year After Carpenter

Law360: Digital Data Privacy One Year After Carpenter. (FYI: I don’t subscribe to Law360 so I can’t give more; it costs enough to post all this stuff because I pay for hosting and accept no advertising. I hate advertising.)

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NYTimes: Opinion: Facebook Under Oath: You Have No Expectation of Privacy

NYTimes: Opinion: Facebook Under Oath: You Have No Expectation of Privacy by Charlie Warzel: The social media giant thinks privacy is a you problem.

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