How the Criminal Justice System Deploys Mass Surveillance on Innocent People

How the Criminal Justice System Deploys Mass Surveillance on Innocent People

We found that over a decade, 101 million arrest records and 45.7 million mugshots will be posted to the internet, at no cost, by police departments and local jails.It’s legal for local governments to post police and court data under public records laws and Constitutional guarantees.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 8, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 8, 2021

Man sues police after incorrect facial recognition match leads to wrongful arrest.Nijeer Parks was wrongfully arrested in February, 2019 due to an incorrect facial recognition match.On their end – NeoPets has acknowledged the exposed server, removed it, and told reporters that no user or account information was accessed.

He spent 10 days in jail after facial recognition software led to the arrest of the wrong man, lawsuit says

He spent 10 days in jail after facial recognition software led to the arrest of the wrong man, lawsuit says

Parks attorney, Daniel Sexton of Jersey City, filed suit against the township, the police department and public officials, including Mayor John McCormac, alleging investigators violated his clients rights by relying on facial recognition software that has since been banned by the state.

Freedom of expression hangs in the balance at Julian Assange’s extradition hearing

Freedom of expression hangs in the balance at Julian Assange’s extradition hearing

ShareTweet Julian Assange, the editor and founder of WikiLeaks, will be taken into a London courtroom on Monday for a hearing which will determine whether he will be extradited to the United States to face charges.

Action: Staying Safe at Protests

Action: Staying Safe at Protests

You should never open your device or consent the search of your belongings — if the officer asks to do so, say “I do not consent to a search of my belongings”.The police cannot arrest you for practicing your fourth amendment right, however in reality the goal is to not antagonize them, so be polite.

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

In one of the documents, the department proposed that Congress grant the attorney general power to ask the chief judge of any district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation.”.

Police arrested an innocent man for murder using Google location data

Police arrested an innocent man for murder using Google location data

Police then turned to Google to help them crack the case, issuing a warrant for geofence information on all the active accounts in the area at the time of the crime, according to a report from the Phoenix New Times.

A police department collected 65,000 face scans — but the system hasn’t been connected to a single arrest

A police department collected 65,000 face scans — but the system hasn’t been connected to a single arrest

Police in San Diego have used facial recognition for seven years, collecting over 65,000 face scans in the past three years alone – but the program hasn’t been connected to a single arrest.

Mystic Man Charged With Reddit Threat To Murder African-Americans

Mystic Man Charged With Reddit Threat To Murder African-Americans

MYSTIC, CT —A 31-year-old Mystic man, Trevor Spring, was charged by state police after New York Police Department detectives were tipped to a threatening post he made on Reddit to kill African-Americans in Harlem.

Huawei technicians have been helping governments in Uganda and Zambia spy on their political opponents, a new report says

Huawei technicians have been helping governments in Uganda and Zambia spy on their political opponents, a new report says

Huawei employees stationed in Uganda and Zambia have helped the Ugandan and Zambian governments spy on their political opponents, which has led to the opponents' arrests in both countries, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Five Eyes alliance reportedly looping in Germany, Japan against China

Five Eyes alliance reportedly looping in Germany, Japan against China

On Wednesday, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland then confirmed that a second national could be facing trouble in China after the detainment of Canadian diplomat on leave Michael Kovrig in Beijing earlier this week, although she said that Chinese authorities "have not described the situation ...

Court Finds NYPD Can’t Use Sealed Arrest Information Without Obtaining Court Order

Court Finds NYPD Can’t Use Sealed Arrest Information Without Obtaining Court Order

NEW YORK – A judge ruled today in a putative class action lawsuit filed by The Bronx Defenders and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP that the plain language of New York law prohibits the NYPD from using sealed arrest information in its possession for law enforcement purposes without first obtaining court permission.

Ecuador Arrests Digital Privacy Activist and Programmer for 'Collaborating' with WikiLeaks

Ecuador Arrests Digital Privacy Activist and Programmer for 'Collaborating' with WikiLeaks

“For several years now, one of the key members of this WikiLeaks organization and a person close to Mr. Julian Assange has lived in Ecuador, and we have sufficient evidence that he has been collaborating with the destabilization attempts against the government,” Romo said at a press conference late last night.

Silk Road 2 Founder Dread Pirate Roberts 2 Caught, Jailed for 5 Years

Silk Road 2 Founder Dread Pirate Roberts 2 Caught, Jailed for 5 Years

Paul Chowles, an investigator from the National Crime Agency (NCA) who worked on the case, told Motherboard in a phone call one piece of evidence included the private encryption key belonging to DPR2 on one of White’s computers.

NSA contractor pleads guilty to data theft

NSA contractor pleads guilty to data theft

This, said the Justice Department at the time of his arrest, meant that their "unauthorised disclosure could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the US".The vast pile of information was built up over the 20-year period that Mr Martin worked at the NSA and other US federal agencies.