Category Archives: Surveillance technology

WaPo: AI may be searching you for guns the next time you go out in public

WaPo: AI may be searching you for guns the next time you go out in public (“A Massachusetts company says it could help stop shootings like the Tops massacre in Buffalo. Its surveillance product is increasingly popular — and, critics … Continue reading

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Scientific American: Yes, Phones Can Reveal if Someone Gets an Abortion

Scientific American: Yes, Phones Can Reveal if Someone Gets an Abortion by Sophie Bushwick (“To protect personal information from companies that sell data, some individuals are relying on privacy guides instead of government regulation or industry transparency.”)

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LATimes: Immigration officials created network that can spy on majority of Americans, report says

LATimes: Immigration officials created network that can spy on majority of Americans, report says by Cindy Carcamo (“Immigration and Customs Enforcement has crafted a sophisticated surveillance dragnet designed to spy on most people living in the United States, without the … Continue reading

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WaPo: Editorial: Lack of a federal privacy law opens the door to dystopia

WaPo: Editorial: Lack of a federal privacy law opens the door to dystopia (“Imagine every one of us could be located using only a photograph, or identified based on the way we walk — that our fingerprints could be scanned … Continue reading

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WaPo: Opinion: Democracies shouldn’t surrender to a future of limitless surveillance

WaPo: Opinion: Democracies shouldn’t surrender to a future of limitless surveillance (“‘Almost all governments in Europe are using our tools.’ This boast from the chief executive of Israeli spyware company NSO Group reveals the extent to which surveillance software has … Continue reading

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Reason: Houston Says Businesses Must Install Surveillance Cameras and Cops Can View Footage Without a Warrant

Reason: Houston Says Businesses Must Install Surveillance Cameras and Cops Can View Footage Without a Warrant by Elizabeth Nolan Brown:

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The New Yorker: How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens

The New Yorker: How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens by Ronan FarrowThe inside story of the world’s most notorious commercial spyware and the big tech companies waging war against it.

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WaPo: Cryptocurrency could help governments and businesses spy on us

WaPo: Cryptocurrency could help governments and businesses spy on us by Eswar Prasad (“The popularity of digital currencies like bitcoin could erode the last vestiges of financial privacy online”)

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NYT: Does the End of Cash Mean the End of Privacy?

NYT: Does the End of Cash Mean the End of Privacy? by Peter Coy (“As cash disappears from the modern economy, privacy disappears with it. You can’t spend money with a credit card, debit card or check without creating a … Continue reading

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CO: Warrantless cell phone ping of wanted murderer was based on exigency

Defendant was a suspect in a murder that just happened captured on surveillance video where the deceased was executed by five shots to the head. The police recovered no weapon, and defendant was on the run. They sought a cell … Continue reading

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WaPo: Facial recognition firm Clearview AI tells investors it’s seeking massive expansion beyond law enforcement

WaPo: Facial recognition firm Clearview AI tells investors it’s seeking massive expansion beyond law enforcement by Drew Harwell (“The company is pushing toward 100 billion images in its ‘index of faces,’ even as lawmakers worry the company poses a dangerous … Continue reading

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Reason: Teacher Spying Is Instilling Surveillance Culture Into Students

Reason: Teacher Spying Is Instilling Surveillance Culture Into Students by Liam Day (“‘We totally stalked what they were doing on Google,’ one teacher said.”)

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NYTimes: I Used Apple AirTags, Tiles and a GPS Tracker to Watch My Husband’s Every Move

NYTimes: I Used Apple AirTags, Tiles and a GPS Tracker to Watch My Husband’s Every Move by Kashmir Hill (“A vast location-tracking network is being built around us so we don’t lose our keys: One couple’s adventures in the consumer … Continue reading

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WaPo: Opinion: The IRS should not make you scan your face to see your tax returns

WaPo: Opinion: The IRS should not make you scan your face to see your tax returns:

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Yahoo Finance: Apple’s AirTags are being used to stalk people, here’s how to prevent that

Yahoo Finance: Apple’s AirTags are being used to stalk people, here’s how to prevent that by Daniel Howley:

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WaPo: Surveillance will follow us into ‘the metaverse,’ and our bodies could be its new data source

WaPo: Surveillance will follow us into ‘the metaverse,’ and our bodies could be its new data source by Tatum Hunter (“Virtual reality headsets learn more about you than traditional screens. That could be good news for creepy companies.”)

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WaPo: You’re not paranoid to cover your webcam. But the cameras you can’t cover are scarier.

WaPo: You’re not paranoid to cover your webcam. But the cameras you can’t cover are scarier. by Tatum Hunter:

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Slate: “Creepiness” Is the Wrong Way to Think About Privacy

Slate: “Creepiness” Is the Wrong Way to Think About Privacy by Neil Richards:

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Engadget: The Treasury Department is buying sensitive app data for investigations

Engadget: The Treasury Department is buying sensitive app data for investigations by Jon Fingas (“There are concerns investigators are bypassing due process” and the Fourth Amendment. This isn’t new information.)

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N.D.Ill.: No REP in automatic license plate reader records in state database

The FBI querying the state automatic license plate reader database to connect a car to two bank robberies was not an unreasonable search. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in the information. United States v. Brown, 2021 U.S. Dist. … Continue reading

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