DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters

DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters

BuzzFeedNews has uncovered a memorandum that shows that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been granted powers by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct covert surveillance on the ongoing protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

The Patriot Act is up for renewal with the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and this bill as-is allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to access your internet history without a warrant.

Congress plans to expand Patriot Act with DOJ access to your web browsing and search activity without a warrant

Congress plans to expand Patriot Act with DOJ access to your web browsing and search activity without a warrant

As if the original phone metadata siphoning provisions of the Patriot Act aren’t enough, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has introduced an amendment which would allow the Department of Justice (DOJ) to have access to anybody’s web browsing and search history under Section 215.

US bars Google from enabling high-speed internet link to Hong Kong citing national security risk

US bars Google from enabling high-speed internet link to Hong Kong citing national security risk

Authorities in the US have given the green light to Google to switch on a high-speed internet link to Taiwan, but the submarine cable cannot extend to Hong Kong because of national security risks, the US Department of Justice said in a ruling last week.

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Department of Justice in January, claiming the government wrongly refused to confirm or deny the existence of social media surveillance records in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. The ACLU claims multiple government agencies are ramping up efforts to monitor activity on online social networks, a surveillance tactic that “implicates the free speech of millions of social media users.”.

The NYPD Kept an Illegal Database of Juvenile Fingerprints for Years

The NYPD Kept an Illegal Database of Juvenile Fingerprints for Years

For years, the New York Police Department illegally maintained a database containing the fingerprints of thousands of children charged as juvenile delinquents — in direct violation of state law mandating that police destroy these records after turning them over to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services.

New federal rules limit police searches of family tree DNA databases

New federal rules limit police searches of family tree DNA databases

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released new rules yesterday governing when police can use genetic genealogy to track down suspects in serious crimes—the first-ever policy covering how these databases, popular among amateur genealogists, should be used in law enforcement attempts to balance public safety and privacy concerns.

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

A Bloomberg article last year gave some details of how the Los Angeles Police Department uses Palantir’s Gotham product for Operation Laser, a program to identify and deter people likely to commit crimes: Information from rap sheets, parole reports, police interviews, and other sources is fed into the system to generate a list of people the department defines as chronic offenders, says Craig Uchida, whose consulting firm, Justice & Security Strategies Inc., designed the Laser system.

Big Brother Has Terrible Eyesight

Big Brother Has Terrible Eyesight

Back in 2016, GAO found that the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lacked proper privacy safeguards and had done little to test the accuracy of their facial recognition databases.

The Feds Are Dropping Child Porn Cases Instead of Revealing Info on Their Surveillance Systems

The Feds Are Dropping Child Porn Cases Instead of Revealing Info on Their Surveillance Systems

The Department of Justice has been dismissing child pornography cases in order to not reveal information about the software programs used as the basis for the charges.

DEA Continues Mass Surveillance of Americans Phone Call Records

DEA Continues Mass Surveillance of Americans Phone Call Records

According to a report recently released by the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing to operate its mass surveillance program which collects billions of call detail records of Americans and foreigners every day.

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

While the ACLU has been able to confirm that under Trump, government departments like the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security are accelerating domestic social media surveillance in relation to anticipated anti-Trump protest incidents, these FOIA requests have not revealed the technologies being deployed to do so.

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.

EPIC Files Appeals with D.C. Circuit, Seeks Release of 'Predictive Analytics Report'

EPIC Files Appeals with D.C. Circuit, Seeks Release of 'Predictive Analytics Report'

EPIC has appealed a federal district court decision for the release of a "Predictive Analytics Report." The district court backed the Department of Justice when the agency claimed the "presidential communications privilege." But neither the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nor the Supreme Court has ever permitted a federal agency to invoke that privilege in a FOIA case.

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.