EFF to U.S. Department of Commerce: Protect Consumer Data Privacy

EFF to U.S. Department of Commerce: Protect Consumer Data Privacy

On Friday, November 9, 2018, EFF submitted a letter in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce's request for comment on "Developing the Administration's Approach to Consumer Privacy," urging the agency to consider any future policy proposals in a users' rights framework.

The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights

The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights

Earlier this week, the DEA issued a solicitation for “concealments made to house network PTZ [Pan-Tilt-Zoom] camera, cellular modem, cellular compression device,” noting that the government intended to give the contract to Obsidian Integration LLC, an Oregon company with a sizable number of federal law enforcement customers.

Orlando Testing Facial Recognition Technology Provided Free by Amazon

Orlando Testing Facial Recognition Technology Provided Free by Amazon

Amazon marketed its facial recognition tools to Orlando’s police department, providing tens of thousands of dollars of technology to the city at no cost, and shielding the Rekognition pilot with a mutual nondisclosure agreement that kept its details out of the public eye.

EFF Sues California Law Enforcement Agency For Refusing To Hand Over Stingray Documents

EFF Sues California Law Enforcement Agency For Refusing To Hand Over Stingray Documents

In an attempt to learn about Defendants’ use of these devices, EFF sent a request for records relating to six cell site simulator warrants that precisely identified each warrant using the information on the Department of Justice’s OpenJustice website, including the date range of the authorized search, the nature of the investigation, the items to be searched for, and the exact date and time Defendants electronically provided information about them to the Department of Justice.

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Google’s UK head Ronan Harris is understood to have asked ministers about the potential impact of Brexit on laws around the transfer of data. Google’s advertising business relies heavily upon retaining user data, and Brexit will see the government have to form a new data-sharing agreement with the European Union.

Eugene police setting up surveillance trailers downtown

Eugene police setting up surveillance trailers downtown

The trailers — loaded with high-definition cameras — were set to debut at Kesey Square on the intersection of Broadway and Willamette Street, at Broadway and Olive Street, and in the Park Blocks at Eighth Avenue and Oak Street, Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said Friday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Discusses Social Media Privacy With Top Officials

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Discusses Social Media Privacy With Top Officials

A gathering between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and top state law enforcement officials took place on Tuesday to discuss the ways the government can protect the privacy of social media users.

Microsoft workers protest bid to build Pentagon's $10bn AI warfare system

Microsoft workers protest bid to build Pentagon's $10bn AI warfare system

The letter accuses of Microsoft of betraying its principles "in exchange for short-term profits" in a plan that would force employees to build a product who have no idea "whether our work is being used to aid profiling, surveillance, or killing".

Tech Workers Now Want to Know: What Are We Building This For?

Tech Workers Now Want to Know: What Are We Building This For?

Last year, a small team of Clarifai engineers began working on a project inside a private room at its downtown New York office, said three people with knowledge of the matter, who spoke on the condition that they not be identified for fear of retaliation.

Police to Seattle’s techies, streamers: Sign up for our anti-swatting service [Updated]

Police to Seattle’s techies, streamers: Sign up for our anti-swatting service [Updated]

The threat includes a claim of five hostages taken and a ransom demand of "five grand or I'mma kill 'em all." This portion is followed by video footage of SPD officers, timestamped in the early hours of August 24 of this year, saying things like "an online phone app" and "sounds more and more like swatting to me" before approaching an apartment unit's entrance with guns drawn.

Trump administration sues California over its brand-new net neutrality law

Trump administration sues California over its brand-new net neutrality law

The Department of Justice announced on Sunday that it has filed a lawsuit against California to block its new net neutrality law, just hours after it was signed by governor Jerry Brown.

Google to acknowledge privacy mistakes as U.S. seeks input

Google to acknowledge privacy mistakes as U.S. seeks input

“We acknowledge that we have made mistakes in the past, from which we have learned, and improved our robust privacy program,” Google chief privacy officer Keith Enright will say in written testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee.

Giving TSA facial-recognition software isn’t worth a faster security line

Giving TSA facial-recognition software isn’t worth a faster security line

Facial-recognition technology poses a unique surveillance threat and is being deployed without adequate privacy protections. In the wake of a terrorist attack or other violent incident, we should expect CBP to collect and share more data, including facial images, with other law enforcement agencies.

California Law Could be a Big Step Forward for Police Transparency

California Law Could be a Big Step Forward for Police Transparency

That transparency is especially important when it comes to the actions of local police, who carry weapons and have the power of arrest. In the state of California, accessing records about basic police policies often requires the filing of a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request.

Endangering Student Privacy in the Name of School Safety - Center for Democracy & Technology

Endangering Student Privacy in the Name of School Safety - Center for Democracy & Technology

Amassing and integrating large amounts of data without first proving it will be effective, establishing boundaries on its use, enacting strong data governance practices that limit access, or articulating clear data retention and deletion timelines and protocols will almost certainly lead to misuse of this information that may harm the very students it is aimed to protect.

Congress Moves Forward with Dangerous Attack on Private Drones

Congress Moves Forward with Dangerous Attack on Private Drones

And worst of all, we expect these powers to come in a routine Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, with no chance for meaningful debate on how best to limit the government’s authority to intercept or destroy drones.

IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage to Develop Technology That Lets Police Search by Skin Color

IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage to Develop Technology That Lets Police Search by Skin Color

Kjeldsen also added that the NYPD’s decision to allow IBM access to their cameras was crucial for the development of the skin tone search features, noting that during that period, New York City served as the company’s “primary testing area,” providing the company with considerable environmental diversity for software refinement.