Spot is a Cop

Spot is a Cop

According to a report by Boston news station WBUR, documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts show that the state’s bomb squad had Spot on loan from Boston Dynamics for three months, from August to November this year.

Federal court rules that the Fourth Amendment protects your laptops and smartphones from suspicionless searches at the border

Federal court rules that the Fourth Amendment protects your laptops and smartphones from suspicionless searches at the border

This court decision comes as a result of years of hard work by the ACLU, the ACLU of Massachusetts and the EFF on behalf of eleven international travelers who had been the recipient of suspicionless device searches when entering the United States.

Massachusetts: Tell Your Lawmakers to Press Pause on Government Face Surveillance

Massachusetts: Tell Your Lawmakers to Press Pause on Government Face Surveillance

Massachusetts residents: tell your legislature to press pause on government use of face surveillance throughout the Commonwealth.The city council of Somerville, Massachusetts voted unanimously in July to ban government face surveillance altogether, becoming the first community on the East coast to do so.

You’re very easy to track down, even when your data has been anonymized

You’re very easy to track down, even when your data has been anonymized

Given 15 demographic attributes of someone living in Massachusetts, there’s a 99.98% chance you could find that person in any anonymized database.“As the information piles up, the chances it isn’t you decrease very quickly,” says Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, a researcher at Imperial College London and one of the study’s authors.

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Boston, Massachusetts—On Thursday, July 18, at 3:00 p.m., lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU will ask a federal judge to decide that the constitutional rights of 11 travelers were violated by the suspicionless, warrantless searches of their electronic devices at the border by the U.S. government.

Victory: Somerville, Massachusetts Stands Up to Stop Face Surveillance

Victory: Somerville, Massachusetts Stands Up to Stop Face Surveillance

The city council of Somerville, Massachusetts voted unanimously last week to become the first city on the East Coast to ban government face surveillance. Massachusetts, tell your lawmakers: it’s time to hit the pause button on face surveillance.

Facebook, Google, Apple, Other Data-Driven Firms, Defy The Global Move To Strong Privacy Regulations

Facebook, Google, Apple, Other Data-Driven Firms, Defy The Global Move To Strong Privacy Regulations

In addition to the EU’s GDPR (which has already generated over €56 million in fines since its implementation in May 2018), California’s CCPA and Brazil’s LGPD privacy regulations—passed last year to go into effect in 2020—more data privacy legislation is in the works, including at other US states like Massachusetts, as well as countries such as India and Japan.

Face off? Americans fear privacy loss to recognition software

Face off? Americans fear privacy loss to recognition software

“There are interesting alliances and strange bedfellows in the privacy world,” says Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty program at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

Elizabeth Warren applauds Facebook cofounder's call to break up the tech giant into 3 companies

Elizabeth Warren applauds Facebook cofounder's call to break up the tech giant into 3 companies

Sen. Elizabeth Warren , the Massachusetts Democrat who is running for president in 2020, has celebrated the Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes' call to break up Facebook two months after she rolled out her own plan to break up the largest US tech companies, including Amazon, Google, and Facebook.

Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data

Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data

We’re heartened that the Massachusetts court took these issues seriously and made clear that the police must get a warrant, whether they access historical cell phone location data or whether they cause a phone to send its real-time location.

Apple AI accused of leading to man's wrongful arrest

Apple AI accused of leading to man's wrongful arrest

The detective reportedly said that this may have caused Mr Bah to be charged with thefts committed at Apple Stores in New York, Delaware, New Jersey and Massachusetts, according to court papers.

As cashless stores grow, so does the backlash

As cashless stores grow, so does the backlash

Before this year there was only one jurisdiction that required businesses to accept cash: Massachusetts, which passed a law nearly 40 years ago.“The potential societal cost of a cashless economy I think outweighs the potential benefits for businesses,” said Ritchie Torres, a New York City councilman for the South Bronx who introduced the bill.

The State Police know every time you drive on or off Cape Cod

The State Police know every time you drive on or off Cape Cod

For more than three years, the Massachusetts State Police have been using cameras to record the license plate number of every vehicle that enters and leaves Cape Cod, building a vast and growing database that now counts more than 100 million trips.

New Jersey becomes second state to ban cashless shops and restaurants

New Jersey becomes second state to ban cashless shops and restaurants

Murphy's signature makes New Jersey the second state in the US to ban cashless stores, after Massachusetts banned them in 1978. Much like Philadelphia's new law, New Jersey's law makes an exception for parking garages and car rental companies, where a credit card is required upfront for incidentals.

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

The Massachusetts senator is calling for legislation that would designate the companies as “platform utilities” and the appointment of regulators who would unwind technology mergers that undermine competition and harm innovation and small businesses.

Governments Must Face the Facts about Face Surveillance, and Stop Using It

Governments Must Face the Facts about Face Surveillance, and Stop Using It

EFF supports legislative efforts in Washington and Massachusetts to place a moratorium on government use of face surveillance technology. The moratoriums would stay in place, unless lawmakers determined these technologies do not have a racial disparate impact, after hearing directly from minority communities about the unfair impact face surveillance has on vulnerable people.

Massachusetts Considers Bill to Limit Facial Recognition

Massachusetts Considers Bill to Limit Facial Recognition

RELATED Amazon Pitches Facial Recognition AI to ICE Microsoft President: Facial Recognition Needs to be Regulated Google, Amazon Part Ways When It Comes to Facial Recognition If approved, the measure would make Massachusetts the first state to prohibit the use of facial-recognition surveillance by law enforcement and other state agencies.

State Cops Accidentally Out Their Surveillance Of Anti-Police Groups With Browser Screenshot

State Cops Accidentally Out Their Surveillance Of Anti-Police Groups With Browser Screenshot

The Massachusetts State Police -- one of the most secretive law enforcement agencies in the nation -- gave readers of its Twitter feed a free look at the First Amendment-protected activities it keeps tabs on… by uploading a screenshot showing its browser bookmarks.

EFF To Maine, Massachusetts Courts: Rule Requiring Warrants to Access Cell Phone Location Data Applies to Real-Time Searches

EFF To Maine, Massachusetts Courts: Rule Requiring Warrants to Access Cell Phone Location Data Applies to Real-Time Searches

EFF, in partnership with ACLU chapters in Massachusetts and Maine, is asking the state courts to recognize, as the Supreme Court did in U.S. v Carpenter, that people have a constitutional right to expect privacy in their physical movements, which can be revealed in minute detail by the cell phones they carry.

MIT’s tool for tracking police surveillance: a cryptographic ledger

MIT’s tool for tracking police surveillance: a cryptographic ledger

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have proposed a cryptographically powered system they say could help the public track court orders that let law enforcement access people’s digital data without disclosing too much information.