Category Archives: Surveillance technology

NYT: Newspaper Shooting Shows Widening Use of Facial Recognition by Authorities

NYT: Newspaper Shooting Shows Widening Use of Facial Recognition by Authorities by Cade Metz and Natasha Singer: When the police apprehended a suspect for the shootings at The Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, he refused to divulge … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: SW for cell phone can also compel use of biometric data to open it

The government may also seek a search warrant for a cell phone that requires use of biometric information to open it, as long as it happens at the time of execution. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in fingerprints … Continue reading

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WaPo: Facial recognition technology is finally more accurate in identifying people of color. Could that be used against immigrants?

WaPo: Facial recognition technology is finally more accurate in identifying people of color. Could that be used against immigrants? by Drew Harwell:

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NYTimes: Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

NYTimes: Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse by Nellie Bowles Internet-connected home devices that are marketed as the newest conveniences are also being used to harass, monitor and control.

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WaPo: Editorial: Congress must reckon with the Fourth Amendment and new technology

WaPo: Editorial: Congress must reckon with the Fourth Amendment and new technology A 5-to-4 decision suggests the Supreme Court’s view of “unreasonable searches” is evolving. The House and Senate should clarify the legal standard.

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ABAJ: FBI overestimated the number of encrypted phones while arguing for workarounds

ABAJ: FBI overestimated the number of encrypted phones while arguing for workarounds by Jason Tashea:

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Wired: Senators Demand Answers from Amazon on Echo’s Snooping Habits

Wired: Senators Demand Answers from Amazon on Echo’s Snooping Habits by Issie Lapowsky: In the letter, Republican senator Jeff Flake and Democratic senator Chris Coons, who serve respectively as chairman and ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology … Continue reading

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SFGate: Do Amazon’s Movement-Tracking Wristbands Violate Workers’ Privacy Rights?

SFGate: Do Amazon’s Movement-Tracking Wristbands Violate Workers’ Privacy Rights? by Dariush Adli A look at the legal precedents shows Amazon could get into trouble with its newly patented devices.

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The Economist: How data-driven policing threatens human freedom

The Economist: How data-driven policing threatens human freedom An excerpt and interview with Andrew Ferguson, author of “The Rise of Big Data Policing”

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NYTimes: Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices

NYTimes: Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices by Jack Nicas: Apple has long positioned the iPhone as a secure device that only its owner can open. That has led to battles with law … Continue reading

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New Yorker: Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?

New Yorker: Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy? by Louis Menand (magazine title: “Nowhere to Hide”): Big Tech wants to exploit our personal data, and the government wants to keep tabs on us. But “privacy” isn’t what’s really … Continue reading

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The New Yorker: Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?

The New Yorker: Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy? by Louis Menand: Big Tech wants to exploit our personal data, and the government wants to keep tabs on us. But “privacy” isn’t what’s really at stake. Long thoughtful … Continue reading

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