Category Archives: Surveillance technology

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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WaPo: I found my stolen Honda Civic using a Bluetooth tracker. It’s the latest controversial weapon against theft.

WaPo: I found my stolen Honda Civic using a Bluetooth tracker. It’s the latest controversial weapon against theft. (“AirTags and other Bluetooth trackers can find stolen cars, bikes and bags. But what happens when you find the person who took … Continue reading

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WaPo: License plate scanners were supposed to bring peace of mind. Instead they tore the neighborhood apart.

WaPo: License plate scanners were supposed to bring peace of mind. Instead they tore the neighborhood apart. By Drew Harwell:

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The Lens: Neighborhoods Watched

The Lens: Neighborhoods Watched, Project by Michael Isaac Stein, Caroline Sinders and Winnie Yoe (“New Orleans has spent millions to expand its police surveillance powers in recent years, providing the city with an unprecedented ability to monitor public spaces and … Continue reading

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W.D.Pa.: Warrantless production of state ALPR data to FBI not governed by Carpenter

The FBI requested the state search its Automated License Plate Reader database for defendant’s LPN to trace the movement of his car. Carpenter simply cannot be made to apply to ALPR data. 106 records were found. United States v. Bowers, … Continue reading

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NY Times: How the N.Y.P.D. Is Using Post-9/11 Tools on Everyday New Yorkers

NY Times: How the N.Y.P.D. Is Using Post-9/11 Tools on Everyday New Yorkers by Ali Watkins (“Two decades after the attack on New York City, the Police Department is using counterterrorism tools and tactics to combat routine street crime.”)

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