Street-Level Surveillance

Street-Level Surveillance

EFF’s “Street-Level Surveillance” project shines light on the advanced surveillance technologies that law enforcement agencies routinely deploy in our communities.Every day, the threats to our rights expand as police use surveillance technologies to compile enormous databases filled with our personal information.

California Auditor Releases Damning Report About Law Enforcement’s Use of Automated License Plate Readers

California Auditor Releases Damning Report About Law Enforcement’s Use of Automated License Plate Readers

California police and sheriffs are failing to protect the privacy of drivers on city streets, the California State Auditor’s office determined after a seven-month investigation into the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by the Los Angeles Police Department and three other local law enforcement agencies.

This man says he's stockpiling billions of our photos

This man says he's stockpiling billions of our photos

First came a front-page investigation in The New York Times , revealing Clearview has been working with law enforcement agencies to match photos of unknown faces to people's online images.

Health Data Breach Not Reported for Seven Months

Health Data Breach Not Reported for Seven Months

While HIPAA covered entities and business associates are required to investigate all security incidents, a '"breach" is not determined until the entities confirm that "acquisition, access, use or disclosure of PHI in a manner not permitted [under the regulations] which compromises the security or privacy of the PHI" occurred, she notes.

Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

In November 2019, BEUC sent another letter to the DPC, noting: “One year after these complaints were filed, it has yet not been decided whether Google infringed the GDPR.” As Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC, said: Considering the scale of the problem, which affects millions of European consumers, this investigation should be a priority for the Irish data protection authority.

FCC Says 'One or More' Phone Carriers Illegally Shared Location Data, Fueling Black Market Sales

FCC Says 'One or More' Phone Carriers Illegally Shared Location Data, Fueling Black Market Sales

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (GettyIn letters addressed to oversight lawmakers on Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that his agency’s nearly two-year investigation into the unauthorized sale of consumers’ phone location data had finally come to an end.

Google Will Charge Law Enforcement to Access User Data

Google Will Charge Law Enforcement to Access User Data

Google also that, regarding legal requests from government agencies in the U.S., “By far the most common is the subpoena, followed by search warrants.” It says it notifies users whose data has been requested where possible, as “If Google receives ECPA legal process for a user’s account, it’s our policy to notify the user via email before any information is disclosed unless such notification is prohibited by law.”.

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

A startup called Clearview AI has made that possible, and its app is currently being used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the US, including the FBI, says a Saturday report in The New York Times.

Apple shared customer data with US government in a record-high 90% of cases, even as Trump administration complains it’s not doing enough

Apple shared customer data with US government in a record-high 90% of cases, even as Trump administration complains it’s not doing enough

Apple announced in a report Friday that it received a record-high 3,619 requests from the US government for users‘ account information in the first half of 2019, up 36% from the previous six-month period.

Bringing California’s privacy law to all Firefox users in 2020

Bringing California’s privacy law to all Firefox users in 2020

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) expands the rights of Californians over their data – and provides avenues for the Attorney General to investigate and enforce those rights, as well as allowing Californians to sue.

Victory: San Diego to Suspend Face Recognition Program, Limits ICE Access To Criminal Justice Data

Victory: San Diego to Suspend Face Recognition Program, Limits ICE Access To Criminal Justice Data

We just stopped one of the largest, longest running, and most controversial face recognition programs operated by local law enforcement in the United States.For more information on San Diego’s face recognition program, read our October 2019 report and letter.

Ring reportedly outed camera owners to police with a heat map

Ring reportedly outed camera owners to police with a heat map

While police can request videos from users through Ring, the company has denied that it provides information to law enforcement on who, specifically, owns their products.

Eshoo & Lofgren Introduce the Online Privacy Act

Eshoo & Lofgren Introduce the Online Privacy Act

Eshoo (CA-18) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) introduced the Online Privacy Act of 2019, H.R. 4978, sweeping legislation that creates user rights, places obligations on companies to protect users’ data, establishes a new federal agency to enforce privacy protections, and strengthens enforcement of privacy law violations.

NYC Law Enforcement Has Been Cracking Locked iPhones for Almost 2 Years

NYC Law Enforcement Has Been Cracking Locked iPhones for Almost 2 Years

Israeli forensics firm Cellebrite announced its new in-house phone cracking tool earlier this year, but a new report suggests law enforcement has had access to it since early 2018.

Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

Apple said in a statement that it had began an immediate investigation after "many concerned customers in Hong Kong" contacted the company about the app and Apple found it had endangered law enforcement and residents.

36 Civil Rights Groups Demand End to Amazon’s Partnerships with Police

36 Civil Rights Groups Demand End to Amazon’s Partnerships with Police

Thirty-six civil rights organizations signed an open letter demanding local, state, and federal officials to end partnerships between Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance company, and over 405 law enforcement agencies around the country.

DOJ doesn't go far enough to limit searches of consumer DNA services

DOJ doesn't go far enough to limit searches of consumer DNA services

By requiring law enforcement officers to identify themselves prior to searching consumer genetic databases, it limits the problematic practice of officers posing as civilian users while uploading crime scene DNA.

The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption

The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption

But the letter to Facebook goes much further: law enforcement and national security agencies in these three countries are asking for nothing less than access to every conversation that crosses every digital device.

Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook's Apps

Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook's Apps

Signed by Barr, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, acting US Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, the letter raises concerns that Facebook’s plan to build end-to-end encryption into its messaging apps will prevent law enforcement agencies from finding illegal activity conducted through Facebook, including child sexual exploitation, terrorism, and election meddling.

Victory! EFF Wins Access to License Plate Reader Data to Study How Law Enforcement Uses the Privacy Invasive Technology

Victory! EFF Wins Access to License Plate Reader Data to Study How Law Enforcement Uses the Privacy Invasive Technology

San Francisco—Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) have reached an agreement with Los Angeles law enforcement agencies under which the police and sheriff’s departments will turn over license plate data they indiscriminately collected on millions of law-abiding drivers in Southern California.

U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants

U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants

The officials said the proposed rule was inspired partly by a pilot program conducted this summer along the southwestern border, in which ICE agents used rapid DNA sampling technology to identify “fraudulent family units” — adults who were using children disguised as their own to exploit special protections for families with immigrant children.

New treaty will allow UK to request data, not backdoor, from US social media companies like WhatsApp

New treaty will allow UK to request data, not backdoor, from US social media companies like WhatsApp

He clarified WhatsApp’s official stance on this treaty forcing WhatsApp to build a backdoor for UK use:.Even in the status quo scenario where WhatsApp’s encryption isn’t broken by the UK, the metadata that will be shared will still satisfy some of the wants and needs of law enforcement.

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.

Carnegie Experts Should Know: Defending Encryption Isn't an "Absolutist" Position

Carnegie Experts Should Know: Defending Encryption Isn't an "Absolutist" Position

Unfortunately, the report begins with the premise that the “problem” to be solved is that law enforcement agencies sometimes can’t access encrypted devices, then suggests those who disagree with the premise hold “absolutist” positions.

Rekor Systems Launches Public Safety Network

Rekor Systems Launches Public Safety Network

Any state or local law enforcement agency participating in the RPSN will be able to access real time data from any part of the network at no cost.“The Rekor Public Safety Network provides real time license plate reading (“LPR”), make, model and color alerting for law enforcement use only.

T-Mobile ‘Put My Life in Danger’ Says Woman Stalked With Black Market Location Data

T-Mobile ‘Put My Life in Danger’ Says Woman Stalked With Black Market Location Data

He did this by pretending to be a U.S. Marshal with the "Georgia Fugitive Task Force" to T-Mobile, which then provided Edens with the location of Johnson's phone in a handy Google Maps interface—"pinging" the phone, in industry parlance.

Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Law enforcement authorities in New York are joining a nationwide trend to push Google to share phone data on anyone using its location tracking services near the time and scene of a crime.

DOJ and FBI Show No Signs of Correcting Past Untruths in Their New Attacks on Encryption

DOJ and FBI Show No Signs of Correcting Past Untruths in Their New Attacks on Encryption

Last week, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray chose to spend some of their time giving speeches demonizing encryption and calling for the creation of backdoors to allow the government access to encrypted data.

Amazon Told Police It Has Partnered With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies

Amazon Told Police It Has Partnered With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies

At least 200 law enforcement agencies around the country have entered into partnerships with Amazon’s home surveillance company Ring, according to an email obtained by Motherboard via public record request.