Category Archives: Surveillance technology

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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WUSA9: DC residents get visits from FBI as agents track cell phones that pinged near the Capitol

WUSA9: DC residents get visits from FBI as agents track cell phones that pinged near the Capitol by Bruce Lashon (“A DC woman said an FBI agent contacted her and said investigators were reaching out to the owner of every … Continue reading

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NPR: Maryland Man Arrested After GPS Unit Allegedly Shows He Was At Capitol Riot

NPR: Maryland Man Arrested After GPS Unit Allegedly Shows He Was At Capitol Riot by Austin Austermuhle (“A Silver Spring man who prosecutors say is a professed white supremacist has been charged for illegally entering and remaining in a restricted … Continue reading

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NJLJ: Commentary: Use of Facial Recognition Following Capitol Siege Highlights Issues Seen in NJ Case

NJLJ: Commentary: Use of Facial Recognition Following Capitol Siege Highlights Issues Seen in NJ Case by David Gialanella (“This case, it now appears, will be one of many. The mob invasion of the U.S. Capitol has prompted calls for the … Continue reading

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NPR: War On Terror Birthed Pentagon’s Automated Biometrics Identification System

NPR: War On Terror Birthed Pentagon’s Automated Biometrics Identification System by Steve Inskeep (“NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to investigative reporter Annie Jacobsen, author of the new book, First Platoon, about how the U.S. has employed the use of biometric data … Continue reading

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CNS: LA Police Commission Adopts Oversight Measures for Facial Recognition Tool

CNS: LA Police Commission Adopts Oversight Measures for Facial Recognition Tool by Martin Macias Jr. (“The LAPD’s promise of robust oversight for facial recognition technology in police work hasn’t quelled concerns from civil liberties groups that the tools will perpetuate … Continue reading

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Geofence warrants can be used to identify those who invaded the Capitol, not to mention Facebook warrants

The government’s prior use of geofence warrants were a prelude to this: With the invasion of the Capitol on Wednesday, the government now can attempt to locate all the cell phones inside the Capitol to identify those to potentially charge. … Continue reading

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NBC News: Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects’ alibis

NBC News: Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects’ alibis by Olivia Solon (“Looser privacy standards for vehicle data are a treasure chest of data for law enforcement.”)

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Vox: The real cost of smart speakers

Vox: The real cost of smart speakers by Sam Ellis (“But essentially, smart speakers are microphones that connect to the internet. And they come with a hidden cost: some of our privacy. After listening to our questions and demands, these … Continue reading

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NBC News: Police in Jackson, Mississippi, want access to live home security video, alarming privacy advocates

NBC News: Police in Jackson, Mississippi, want access to live home security video, alarming privacy advocates by Jon Schuppe & Bracey Harris (“Civil liberties advocates warn that a new surveillance tool will put people’s everyday household activities under potential scrutiny … Continue reading

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Filter: DEA Pursues Vast Expansion of Patient Surveillance

Filter: DEA Pursues Vast Expansion of Patient Surveillance by Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard (“The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is looking to expand its anti-diversion surveillance infrastructure by being able to search and analyze myriad patient behaviors for the vast majority of … Continue reading

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Vice: Police Are Tapping Into Ring Cameras to Expand Surveillance Network In Mississippi

Vice: Police Are Tapping Into Ring Cameras to Expand Surveillance Network In Mississippi by Edward Ongweso Jr (“The police department in Jackson, Mississippi is partnering with two companies to stream surveillance footage from Ring cameras in a 45-day pilot program.”)

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CNET: Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show

CNET: Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show by Alfred Ng (“Court records in an arson case show that Google gave away data on people who searched for a specific address.”)

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techdirt: DHS Probably Didn’t Clone Phones To Intercept Protesters’ Communications

techdirt: DHS Probably Didn’t Clone Phones To Intercept Protesters’ Communications by Tim Cushing:

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Slate: It’s Time for a Reckoning About This Foundational Piece of Police Technology

Slate: It’s Time for a Reckoning About This Foundational Piece of Police Technology by Rashida Richardson and Amba Kak (“Criminal intelligence databases may seem unobjectionable in an era of facial recognition and predictive policing. But they are deeply flawed, too.”)

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EFF: Things to Know Before Your Neighborhood Installs an Automated License Plate Reader

EFF: Things to Know Before Your Neighborhood Installs an Automated License Plate Reader by Jason Kelley and Matthew Guariglia (“Every week EFF receives emails from members of homeowner’s associations wondering if their Homeowner’s Association (HOA) or Neighborhood Association is making … Continue reading

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The Intercept: Operation Legend is Bringing Surveillance Tech to Cities

The Intercept: Operation Legend is Bringing Surveillance Tech to Cities by Ktaya Schwenk (“Using federal grants, cities are contracting with companies that hack smartphones and detect gunshots.”)

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AP: Appeals court hears Baltimore’s aerial surveillance case

AP: Appeals court hears Baltimore’s aerial surveillance case by Regina Garcia Cano (“A panel of federal appeals court judges on Thursday appeared to have differing views on whether an aerial surveillance program in Baltimore should continue to be tested as … Continue reading

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CNN Business: Portland passes broadest facial recognition ban in the US

CNN Business: Portland passes broadest facial recognition ban in the US by Rachel Metz (“The city of Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday banned the use of facial-recognition technology by city departments — including local police — as well as public-facing businesses … Continue reading

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