* A song to listen to while reading this list... It's a Beautiful Day
Some of these resource links are provided by the Digital Fourth group compiled from the source: https://massprivatei.blogspot.com and others are citation links to things I write and speak about in my research to learn more about surveillance, privacy and tracking.
I will be adding to this list as I find links in my research on surveillance and privacy.
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Here is a direct link to a document about predictive scanning of citizens for mental illness, written by William Barr the US Attorney General:
The scariest link I have found so far - Retail Surveillance / Retail Countersurveillance
Sureveillance, privacy and security news and information:
Estonia - SK ID Solutions To Use Smart-ID Biometric Bank Registration For More Than A Million Customers:* "This is also good news to the more than one million Smart-ID users in Latvia and Lithuania who can now upgrade their Smart-ID Basic account into a qualified electronic signature tool in just a couple of minutes,” said the CEO of SK ID Solutions, Kalev Pihl."
UK - If the government cares about justice, it must fund forensic services properly:* "Budget cuts in England and Wales have reduced independent oversight – and could lead to serious miscarriages of justice.
U.N. claims Lybya is 'world's largest theatre' for drone attacks: "Yacoub el-Hillo, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Libya, said that the protracted conflict was severely impacting civilians in all parts of the country on a scale never seen before, with nearly 900,000 people needing humanitarian assistance."
AU - Domestic abuse and the darker side of the smart home: "In an abusive relationship where a parent or partner is trying to control what you eat, where you go, who you talk to, and how much electricity you’re allowed to use, it is the recipe for a controlling nightmare.It ranges from low tech — like abusive text messaging — right through to high tech, where perpetrators install tracking software on their spouse’s car or phone, or use smart home devices like their TV or fridge to exert fear and control. Frankly, nothing surprises us any more in terms of how motivated perpetrators will misuse technology to menace their domestic partners."
The Austin Sanctuary Network Sues ICE For Fining Immigrants Up To $500,000 In Fines:* "In the summer of 2019, several asylum-seeking women living in sanctuary received letters stating that ICE was imposing fines of up to $500,000 under the Immigration and Nationality Act §274D."
Gizmodo Reporters Found Clearview Shady Face Recognition App: "The data is being sent to Google Analytics, Crashlytics, and App-Measurement. The app also grants access to Android’s Fine Location API, which determines the most precise location possible from available location providers, including the Global Positioning System (GPS) as well as wifi and mobile cell data."
Clearview’s Facial Recognition App Has Been Used By The Justice Department, ICE, Macy’s, Walmart, And The NBA:* "Clearview has signed paid contracts with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and Macy’s. The company also has credentialed users at the FBI, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Interpol, and hundreds of local police departments."
Is facial recognition at Sea-Tac Airport a fait accompli? "Port staff didn’t wait for governing policies to be developed and approved before posting a Request For Proposals (RFP) soliciting bids for new automated facial recognition systems to be deployed by the Port itself at Sea-Tac."
BASF's facial recognition "Trinimix" can tell the difference between a living human, a deceased one, a photograph, and a mask.
New "Fawkes" Facial Recognition Tool Claims To Be 95% Effective:"Fawkes achieves this by helping users adding imperceptible pixel-level changes (we call them“cloaks”) to their own photos before publishing them online. When collected by a third-party “tracker” and used to train facial recognition models, these “cloaked” images produce functional models that consistently misidentify the user. We experimentally prove that Fawkes provides 95+% protection against user recognition regardless of how trackers train their models.
NASA to license heartbeat Identification:" According to NASA, “the heartbeat system is a new biometric technique to verify someone's identity.”
The “EARN IT” Act Is Another Terrible Proposal to “Reform” Section 230: "It’s terrible committee design to have the decision-makers of the committee’s work product (AG, DHS, FTC) also participate as voting committee members. Other committee members are going to be reluctant to speak in opposition to, or vote against, the final approvers because of the likely futility. This increases the odds that the Commission will just whitewash the agendas of the final approvers.
Coronavirus Spending Bill Could be Used to Cement Spying Powers: "As must-pass legislation that congressional leaders of both parties could use to ram through a reauthorization of the FBI’s call detail records program. Such a move would sidestep the House’s reform effort and instead push through a clean reauthorization of the program.
Opponents Ask Judge to Reject Google ‘Wi-Spy’ Settlement: "After nearly a decade of litigation, attorneys reached a deal to settle a multidistrict class action claiming Google vehicles not only collected images for its street view maps feature but also swiped emails, passwords and other personal data from unsuspecting users of unsecured Wi-Fi networks in what became known as the Wi-Spy scandal."
Here's The Paltry Sum Your Phone Company Could Pay for Illegally Sharing Your Location Data“The carriers have shown an egregious contempt for the law,” Free Press Senior Policy Counsel Gaurav Laroia said in an email, adding: “With all the attention devoted to the serious misdeeds of online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, we haven’t paid enough attention to the very real threats the carriers pose to our privacy rights.”
EPIC Files Complaint with FTC about Airbnb's Secret "Trustworthiness" Scores: "Airbnb secretly rates customers “trustworthiness" based on a patent that considers such factors as authoring online content with negative language. The company’s opaque, proprietary algorithm also considers "posts on the person’s social network account" as well the individual's relationships with others, and adjusts the "trustworthiness" score based on the scores of those associations."
Citizen App Lets Users Report PROTESTORS And Much More: "Citizen encourages people to report incidents about “protests, lost pets, downed power lines, and other community FYIs.” But its general criteria for reported incidents from 911 calls are broader, and include alleged crimes in progress such as assaults and thefts, fire, smoke, gas leaks, situations involving hazardous materials, and heightened police activity."
The Cardozo Law Review: The Dangers of America’s Expanding ‘Digital Prison’ "On any given day, hundreds of thousands of citizens are subjected to similar restrictive surveillance schemes through the use of electronic ankle monitors, where they are free, yet seemingly unfree, despite the fact that most have not been convicted of a crime and others have served full sentences. This expanding reliance upon correctional surveillance technology as tools for decarceration at pretrial and post-conviction hearings marks a transformation that is quietly taking place within the criminal justice system with seemingly little fanfare and scant attention."
How Allstate’s Secret Auto Insurance Risk AnalysisAlgorithm Squeezes Big Spenders: "Allstate asked the Maryland Insurance Administration for permission to run each policy through an advanced algorithm containing dozens of variables that would adjust it in the general direction of the new risk model."
San Diego Company Uses DriveCam To Monitor What Is Happening Inside Truck Drivers Cabs: SmartDrive claims in-cab truck surveillance cameras are "saving the planet"
"Spooky Action Robotics" Claims Their Solar-Powered Tethered Drones Will Provide Cellular Communications To Kenya, Niger, Botswana and Senega:
"Our flagship tether system – with SuperFly you can stay in the air indefinitely and safer than ever before. The tether lets you capture aerial images for longer and in more places than a traditional drone."
MA - Harvard students sue university officials over school's investment ties to private prisons: "Students contend in the lawsuit that the money funds the opulent lifestyles of Harvard's top administrators who are prison profiteers."
NY - State senate democrats are set to overhaul bail law in place for just six weeks: "But it would also be a response to criticism from judges, prosecutors and police that the current bail law — which is just six weeks old — had taken away their power and discretion to detain dangerous suspects."
NY - Bloomberg’s NYPD Cozied Up To A Middle East Human Rights Abuser:"The UAE donated $1 million toward the collaboration and ultimately hired the architect of Bloomberg’s widely criticized Muslim surveillance program."
PA - ACLU weighs in on York City's policy on releasing police body-cam footage:"Pennsylvania's Act 22 of 2017 has an investigative exemption that allows police agencies and public officials to withhold body-camera video indefinitely — even after a case is closed and the defendant and victim are dead, according to Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel for the Pennsylvania News Media Association."
PA - Expect more apartments around the city to offer smart-home technology:"Elaborate smart-home systems have been integrated into purchased properties for more than a decade. But in the last couple of years, said Mike McNelis, chief executive officer of the rental brokerage Philly Apartment Co., the technology has become “a focal point” for new rental construction." *SC- Appeals Court Decides Black Men Should Feel Free To Terminate 'Consensual' Stops By Law Enforcement Officers
MD -Firearms Expert for the State Crime Lab, Routinely Lied And Forged Signatures on Firearms Ballistics Reports"Joseph Kopera could explain all things ballistics — shell casings, firing pins, shotgun blasts — and during his tenure with the Maryland State Police forensics division from 1991 to 2007 testified in hundreds of cases."
FL - Body camera video: 6-year-old girl cries, screams for help as Orlando police arrest her at school "Officer Dennis Turner told them he had arrested 6,000 people in his career — the youngest, to that point, was 7. When school employees told him Kaia was 6, not 8 like he thought, he did not seem concerned."
MI - Genesee County Judge has suspended its local drone ordinance: "In a news release on its Facebook page, MCDO has called Farah’s ruling a victory that “will likely have a nationwide impact" in states that currently have local restrictions on the operation of drones."
IL - Evanston Police Chief, Used Department Computers To Post Lies About Man Being HIV-Positive On Snap Chat, Facebook And Other Social Media Websites PDF
IL - Chicago Cops, Beat, Pepper Spray And Shoot Man Twice For Jumping Between Train Cars: "The shooting happened shortly after 4 p.m. Officers who were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call that another officer needed assistance spotted a man jumping from one car to another, which violates a city ordinance. Officers chased and ultimately grabbed the man."
KY - Owensboro Police Department Creates Drone Flight Team: "The Owensboro Police Department recently created a 10-member Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team who were trained and certified to fly the department’s $2,300 drone inside city limits. Lt. Adam Johnston, a member of the team, said the drone is equipped with a 4K digital camera, a thermal imaging application and a speaker so OPD can relay messages from the drone to the ground."
TN - City of Mount Juliet To Install 37 License Plate Readers: "The cameras are hooked up to a hot list from the crime information center. If a vehicle passes one of the cameras, and the license plate is on the hot list, Chief Hambrick says, an alert goes out to patrolling officers."
TX - Houston Police Want $8.5 Million For New Surveillance Cameras And ShotSpotter Surveillance Devices: ":The technology upgrades include a network of surveillance cameras that homeowners could opt into and a pilot project using a gunshot detection system called ShotSpotter that would cover 5 square miles in south Houston."
Bahamas - Government Spent $17 Million On 55 Surveillance Drones
"The deal includes the purchase of 55 short- and medium-range drones, immediate surveillance capabilities, training and support, and the establishment of a regional drone academy."
New Book: "Pacifying the Homeland" Proves That Fusion Centers Spy On Minorities And Political Groups
(I highly recommend everyone read this amazing book on what Fusion Centers are really doing, spying on minorities and political groups)
The Right to Move Freely: How we lost it, and why it matters
"With every new government policy trampling on the right to free movement, the court was at best forgetful about what it had said about Americans’ right to be left alone in public, and at worst complicit in disregarding it. With the courts’ consent, the moment at which the citizen moved in public would become the moment of government ambush and control."
"Clearview" Facial Recognition Could End Privacy As We Know It
"Without public scrutiny, more than 600 law enforcement agencies have started using Clearview in the past year, according to the company, which declined to provide a list. Clearview has shrouded itself in secrecy, avoiding debate about its boundary-pushing technology."
AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: "This is some real-life Black Mirror stuff"
CES 2020 in Las Vegas: Facial recognition could take over, one 'convenience' at a time
Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack
“We’ve got the tools to extract data from an iPhone 5 and 7 now,” said Andy Garrett, a chief executive of Garrett Discovery, a forensics investigation firm. “Everybody does.”
The FBI used Graykey to unlock an iPhone 11 Pro:
Now Stores Must Tell You How They're Tracking Your Every Move:
"That includes “smartphone detectors” and Wi-Fi routers that note the location and unique identifiers of your phone, and cameras equipped with software that estimates your age and gender."
The Ann Arbor Connected Environment Is The Country's Largest Deployment Of Connected (Spying) Vehicle Technology:
CES 2020: 'Surveillance' tech including a doorbell with night vision, an eyelid-tracking dash cam and an autonomous DRONE that patrols your garden
Illinois Man Sues Fingerprint Database Service Over Privacy Law Breach:
"Paul Sayas wants to initiate a class-action lawsuit against “Biometric Impressions”, a fingerprint database and biometrics checking service provider."
Out of Control: How consumers are exploited by the online advertising industry
“The evidence keeps mounting against the commercial surveillance systems at the heart of online advertising, the Council writes, dubbing the current situation completely out of control, harming consumers, societies, and businesses.”
Camera apps with billions of downloads steal your data and infect your phone with malware:
Funnel raises $47 million to automate data collection for marketers
"Funnel connects with more than 500 data sources, from LinkedIn and Mailchimp to Salesforce and Shopify. It then automatically cleans, maps, and groups this data before feeding it into a destination of the user’s choice — anything from Tableau to Looker, Microsoft Power BI, or Qlik."
Amazon's Alexa Spies On Peoples Whispers "Amazon expanded the feature to all locales in November 2019, such that all smart home appliances powered by Alexa — the company’s virtual assistant — now respond to whispered speech by whispering back."
Apple And Amazon Both Exceed In Exploiting America:
Large Military-Grade Drones Could Soon Be Flying Over Your Backyard
"SkyGuardian’s endurance represents a dramatic advantage for police departments as a replacement for human-piloted helicopters, which are limited by how long the pilot can stay in the air. Using SkyGuardian, police would be able to silently monitor suspects or protests for up to 40 hours and stream high-resolution video to police from more than 2,000 feet above."
MA - After Years Of Corruption State Police Agree To Install Vehicle Locator System But Only If They Get A Raise
"This is the second version of the AVL that the state has used. It initially implemented the system in May 2018 in wake of the state police overtime scandal. The initial system was installed in about 1,000 cruisers."
IL - City Of Fairview Heights Installs DEA License Plate Readers:
"The other resolution approved by the council calls for the city to belong to the National License Plate Reader Network which is administered by the DEA. The agreement with the DEA allows Fairview Heights Police to both input data into the national system and retrieve data from it along with establishing the processes for the sharing and use of such information."
CO - Police Use DHS's Secret Multi-Mission Aircraft To Identify Mysterious Drones:
"A state surveillance airplane loaded with sophisticated cameras and sensors was launched Monday evening."
TX - Leon Valley red light camera program produces over 50,000 citations in 2019:
"Police Chief Joe Salvaggio says 55,308 citations were issued in Leon Valley in 2019. Tickets cost $75 if paid on time, $100 if they are paid late. That translates into potential annual revenue of over $4 million for the city."
CA - San Diego Sheriffs Have Been Using Drones To Allegedly Engage And Count Homeless For Two Years:
“Our goal is to engage every person we see who is homeless,” said Tamera Kohler, CEO of the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless
Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters:
EU - Commission VP Margrethe Vestager says Automated facial recognition breaches data protection rules:
EU - Leaked Reports Show Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases:
EU - The European Commission backtracks on plans to ban facial recognition:
EU - Whitepaper On Artificial Intelligence:
EU - Why is regulating artificial intelligence important in Europe?
"Like any new technology, artificial intelligence carries some risks. Clearly, we cannot allow our privacy to be violated or algorithms that are used to discriminate."
Russia - Government allegedly deploys facial recognition technology for coronavirus quarantine:
Germany - Veridos provides real-time facial recognition for Munich Security Conference:
"Additionally, verification of the badges can be supported by scanning high-security short-range chips with specialized handheld RFID readers and smartphones, thus enabling security personnel to manually verify the participant if necessary."
Czech Republic - Balkan spies 'feed' EU's police database:
"Secret services in at least one non-EU Western Balkan state are indirectly feeding the EU's police database with alerts on suspected foreign terrorist fighters."https://euobserver.com/justice/147420
UK - The International Casino Exhibition 2020 celebrates customer facial recognition companies:
UK - South Wales Police Claim Automated Facial Recognition Helps Them Become Smarter, Creating a Safer and Connected Community: http://afr.south-wales.police.uk/
UK - The long arm of the algorithm? Automated Facial Recognition as evidence and trigger for police intervention
"This paper reviews the recent decision regarding the deployment of AFR by South Wales Police."
UK - Britain First leader Paul Golding charged under the Terrorism Act For Refusing To Give Police Access To His Phone:
"Paul Golding, the leader of the fringe far-right group Britain First, has been charged with an offence under the Terrorism Act after refusing to give police access to his phone."
UK - Government Urges Parents to Report Their Kids to Police for using Virtual machines, the Tor Browser, Kali GNU/GNU/Linux, WiFi Pineapple, Discord, and Metasploit:
UK - Center for Data Ethics and Innovation publishes final report on “online targeting”
UK - Privacy Nightmare: Google plans to move British users accounts to the U.S.
UK - Barclays scraps 'Big Brother' staff tracking system:
UK - Protesters rally against Assange extradition:
IRL - Data Protection Commission investigates GDPR violations by Facebook and others:
China - Government Installs Facial recognition Thermometers in Buses in Guangdong Province:
China - Xinjiang camps Leaked records expose how Uyghurs are judged and detained:
"Officials, track everyone's jobs, religious activity, trustworthiness and their level of cooperation with the authorities."
Singapore - TRD unveiled the Orion-H+, a handheld counter-drone jamming system:
Singapore - Police To Use HID Global Biometrics To Identify Drivers License Applicants:
S. Korea - Government Tracks Virus Patients’ Travels—and Publishes Them Online:
India - Police open case against hundreds of people in Jammu and Kashmir for using VPN:
AU - Peter Dutton renews calls for 'public debate' over domestic surveillance powers:
AU - Competition and Consumer Commission to examine anti-competitive behavior by Google and Facebook:
Philippines - Government uses Dermalog Facial Recognition To Create Biometric Drivers Licenses:
"Up to 20,000 licenses are issued by LTO per day and about 14 million citizens already hold the new biometric driver's license."
South America - Banks In Numerous Countries Are Using Aware, Inc. Facial Recognition To Identify Customers:
(Knomi is from Bedford, Mass.)
Argentina - HID Global To Create National Biometric ID Card:
Canada - Ottawa Police Admit To Secretly Using Facial Recognition in 2019:
Canada - Privacy commissioners launch investigation into Clearview facial recognition tested by police:
Canada - What Canadians can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals:
"The whole system of frictionless video sharing with the police undermines most of the privacy rights that we've built over time," said Bonnie Stewart, a University of Windsor education professor who studies technology's implications for everyday life. She compared it to "building a surveillance infrastructure that looks back at us."
Canada - After Police Defend a Gas Pipeline Over Indigenous Land Rights, Protesters Shut Down Railways Across The Country:
Canada - Royal Canadian Mounted Police Throw Man With Stroke In Jail For 18 Hours Thought He Was Drunk:
"According to police reports, a bar employee assumed he had arrived drunk — since Adam Ruel had only had a glass of water at the bar — kicked Ruel out and called police. The arresting officer reported smelling alcohol on Ruel's breath. Ruel says he told officers he wasn't drunk and asked for a breathalyzer test but was denied."
Canada - Personal Data of 144,000 Citizens Breached by Federal Authorities:
Canada - Draganfly wants to use drones to scan large crowds for viruses:
What the Hell Is That Device, and Is It Spying on You? This App Might Have the Answer
EFF to California Appeals Court: Border Searches of Electronic Devices Require a Warrant
Airports warn of chaos as up to 181 MILLION Americans rush to get Real IDs:
Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall:
CBP Memo Confirms Bus Drivers Have A Right To Deny Agents Permission To Search Buses And Passengers:
Comedian Mohanad Elshieky Is Suing CBP For Pulling Him Off Of Greyhound Bus And Detaining Him:
"“I have been stopped and questioned before by people who are militia members, where there are no laws at the time to stop them from doing so,” he said. “It just shows you that people across the world can have the same mentality, which is not OK. It’s an abuse of power that needs to stop.”
It’s time for Greyhound to say no to CBP harassment of bus riders:
Greyhound will allegedly stop allowing Border Patrol agents to conduct immigration checks on buses without warrant:
NY Governor offers Trump DMV data, but no Social Security numbers:
"It’s part of an effort to persuade the Trump administration to let state residents back into Global Entry and other frequent traveler programs."
EPIC Obtains Documents About TSA's VIPR Program:
ICE's Destruction of Civil Rights Violation Records Must Be Stopped:
Inside the Secretive Court at Guantanamo Bay as CIA Torture Architect Testifies:
Portland, Oregon considering strictest ban on facial recognition technology in the U.S.
EPIC Obtains Details on State Department's Facial Recognition Program:
"The State Department agreements include the Labor, Interior, and Defense Departments. Several of the documents EPIC obtained concealed the name of the federal agency accessing the State Department database."
Senate Bill Would Ban Federal Use of Facial Recognition:
A Simple Introduction to Mixnets (CCTV Facial Recognition Surveillance)
"This is the magic of one of our technologies, called Sphinx. All information traveling through the mixnet (the street, in our analogy) is wrapped up in Sphinx packets. Sphinx makes it difficult to distinguish between different pieces of information because it wraps all distinguishing features under into a bland, same-ish uniform of encryption.".
Clearview's ‘Face search’ creeps people out. But it still has a future—in AR:
PhotoSquared App Exposed 100,000+ Customer Photos:
Vuzix Announces Partnership With TensorMark To Create Facial Recognition Glasses:
U.S. Army Modernizes Its Biometric Processing Capabilities (Facial & Iris Recognition)
"The Biometrics Automated Toolset -- Army (BAT-A) is a handheld device used by deployed Soldiers to collect, process and reference biometric identity information -- such as iris, fingerprint and facial images -- during force protection screenings."
Oakland Community College Banned Students From Discussing Facial Recognition:
The FBI's Sloppy FISA Surveillance Is Exposed:
Warrant-Proof Encrypted Messages Targeted By Trump Administration:
Bayer Enters Real-Time Tracking or Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Field:
"It will also become a talent pipeline for companies like Bayer and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, which is relocating its Washington, D.C. headquarters to a site that is less than two miles away from T-REX."
Ring cameras can help you spy on your neighbors, but they haven’t really helped police:
House Oversight panel wants a briefing with Amazon officials about Ring Doorbells:
Ring and Nest helped normalize American surveillance and turned us into a nation of voyeurs:
"They analyzed their neighbors. They monitored their kids and house guests. And they judged the performance of housekeepers, babysitters and other domestic workers, often without letting them know they were being recorded. I know maybe I should tell them, one woman explained, but they won't be as candid."
Don't worry, Alexa and friends only record you up to 19 times a day:
The Only Way To Stop Amazon Alexa From Spying On Your Family, Throw It Away:
The For-Profit Contractor (Lexipol) Behind Troubled Policing In Pete Buttigieg’s South Bend:
Lexipol, a private for-profit company, has quietly become one of the most powerful voices in American law enforcement policy
Axon rolls out the next level of police technology: Live-streaming body cameras
The Crime Reports Handbook To America's 1,700 correctional facilities:
"The federal government alone spends nearly $8 billion annually to house only a small fraction of the nation’s inmates – there is relatively little in-depth coverage of the subject by news media."
Police Chases Over Minor Crimes Kill Thousands of Innocent Bystanders:
"There is no comprehensive, national database on police chases. The IACP report is based upon data for just under 8,000 police chases, a tiny fraction of the total – even for one year. To put it into perspective, California reported 9,343 police chases in 2017 alone."
Compliance 101: Gun-Toting Cops Endanger Students and Turn the Schools into Prisons
"Welcome to Compliance 101: the police state’s primer in how to churn out compliant citizens and transform the nation’s school’s into quasi-prisons through the use of surveillance cameras, metal detectors, police patrols, zero tolerance policies, lock downs, drug sniffing dogs, strip searches and active shooter drills. Young people in America are now first in line to be searched, surveilled, spied on, threatened, tied up, locked down, treated like criminals for non-criminal behavior, tasered and in some cases shot."
Mom says police deceived her to get her DNA and charge her son with murder:
A murder case raises the question: Is it OK for police to lie to get an innocent person's DNA?
Courtroom Psychology and IQ Tests are Junk Science:
"Most of the tools used in courts (90%) have been subjected to testing, but information about general acceptance was available for only about half of them. Of the tools for which general acceptance data were available, only about two thirds could be considered generally accepted by the psychological community at large, and a third were clearly not accepted."
Why Section 230 Matters And How Not To Break The Internet; DOJ 230 Workshop Review, Part I
Section 230 and Criminal Law; DOJ 230 Workshop Review, Part II
Corporations are working with the Trump administration to control online speech:
Deepfake Bot Submissions to Federal Public Comment Websites Cannot Be Distinguished from Human Submissions:
Study Finds Online Surveys Vulnerable to Bad Data
The Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent:
“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,” UN Special Rapporteur Nils Melzer said.
Microsoft, the ID2020 Alliance, universal digital identification and you:
"The fundamental mission of creating a universal identification system that incorporates every person on the globe, using modern technology and the support of various governments, financial institutions and more is the goal hidden behind the humanitarian cause."
Trump's next health care move: Giving Silicon Valley your medical data
Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge:
In smart apartments, is tenants’ privacy for rent?
Airbnb Is Pushing Surveillance Devices as 'Party Prevention'
Inside the Black Mirror World of Polygraph Job Screenings:
How your browser protects your privacy (Firefox, Safari, Edge, Brave, Chrome):
11 most important iPhone security and privacy settings:
Android apps are secretly sharing your data with Facebook:
MIT Researchers Raise Security, Privacy Concerns With Voatz App:
How to identify and remove KidsGuard ‘stalkerware’ from your phone:
Sacramento Police Department is the first to test micro-drones in the U.S.
"The Sacramento Police Department, which are first in the country to test them out. Police Chief Daniel Hahn said the 12 small drones the department has, which are about the size an adult man’s fist, cost about $90 each."
ME - Comcast, AT&T Sue The State Over Privacy Law, Claim It Violates Free Speech:
NH - House Passes Bill to Ban Facial Recognition:
MA - Joint Legislative Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Use:
MA - Senate Could Approve Red Light Cameras By Thursday Feb. 27th:
Senate Bill 2553
MA - Collective Punishment At The Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center:
"The Department of Correction reported to the Legislature last year that roughly 3,200 inmates had spent time in solitary in the first six months of the year. More than 200 of those inmates were placed in solitary for two months or more.”
CT - State Police Caught On Camera Conspiring Against DUI Checkpoint Protestor Settle For $50,000
NY - Lawsuit Claims ICE Agents Shot Unarmed Man In The Face At Point-Blank Range:
NY - NYPD Stop & Frisks Rose Last Year To 13,459
NY - Mike Bloomberg Ran Stasi-Style Police and Surveillance Operations Against Muslim Americans:
NY - The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner Has Underreported Lab Errors In DNA Database It Oversees:
NY - Police, Prosecutors and Republicans Are Looking To Undo Criminal Justice Reform:
NY - Opponents of Plan to Close Rikers Prison Sue NYC:
"Queens Residents United and Community Preservation Coalition, both of which are based in Kew Gardens, filed their 45-page petition Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court."
NY - New York Post Reporter’s Twitter Account Subpoenaed by the NYPD
NY - NYPD Lied About National Security During An Attempt To Obtain A Journalist's Records From Twitter:
NY - NYC generated over $10 Million in speed camera violations during January:
NY - Drivers of color more likely to have licenses suspended:
Driving While Black And Latinx: Stops, Fines, Fees, and Unjust Debts
NY - Suffolk County To Attempt To Ban Smoking In Private Homes:
"The lawmaker added offenders could be fined up to $1,000 or even arrested, and that enforcement will be complaint driven."
NJ - Camden Police Use ShotSpotter's AI At Their Command Center To Predict Where Crime WIll Occur:
"Each person sits before six computer monitors displaying video feeds from surveillance cameras, maps, real time police call data, and the intelligence they’ve collected to make sense of it all. ShotSpotter says that its system uses data including past police calls and crime data, the time, day and season, plus environmental factors like the density of vacant properties or bars."
PA - Acquitted Cops Smirked At Jurors And Laughed At Defense Attorney
Judge: “You perjured yourselves. You escalated a situation without cause. Cops smirking on the stand at this jury, laughing at the defense attorney, high-fiving in the hallway after testimony as if there were something, anything, to be proud of here."
PA - 376,000 drivers have their licenses suspended for unpaid traffic tickets. That’s more than the population of Pittsburgh:
DC - Washington DC issues record $1 BILLION in traffic and parking tickets, AAA calls it 'predatory'
MD - Senate Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying:
MD - Farmer Randy Sowers Fought IRS Over Numerous Cash Deposits of Less Than $10,000:
VA - New light poles around Hampton will have surveillance cameras for police:
VA - State Police want to charge drivers a fee for digitized tickets:
Formerly Known as HB381
NC - Home Owners Associations Use Flock Safety License Plate Readers And Send Info To The Police:
"In Durham, there's another draw for potential customers. An agreement between the company and the police department allows detectives to access camera data directly, without requesting it from the HOA."
NC - Appeals Court Ruled That 30 years of satellite based monitoring of this convicted sex offender was unreasonable:
NC - Greensboro police searched 800 cars or their drivers. Motorists say not all searches were proper:
SC - Deputy Body Slams and Arrests Man For Recording him in Public:
FL - Deputy Pulls Gun On High School Student Trying To Leave Campus To Go To A Dentist Appointment:
FL - 6-Year-Old Girl Taken From School by Police Held in Facility for 48 Hours for a Tantrum:
FL - School Staffer Body-Slammed A 12-Year-Old Boy For Cutting In Lunch Line:
"The next day, the boy’s mom kept him home from school with what she thought was the flu. On Thursday, she took him to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. There she learned he had a skull fracture, two subdural hematomas and a brain bleed, police said."
FL - Cop Charged For Deputy Caught Yanking A 13-Year-Old Girl’s Hair:
“She was afraid to go to school. She is afraid to talk to people. She was like hiding. She has a fear behind her head that anything can happen to them, until now,” her aunt said.
FL - PA Man Instantly Turned Into A Felon Once He Moved To Daytona Beach:
FL - Appeals Court: State Can't Require Payment of Court Debts To Regain Voting Rights:
FL - New Report Highlights Link Between Red-Light Camera Companies & Politicians:
MI - Innocent Man Beaten & Hospitalized By Police Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Hold State/Federal Task Forces Accountable For Constitutional Violations:
MN - 15 Police Departments Have Created Video Doorbell Neighborhood Watch Groups:
"Since July 2019, 15 police departments and county sheriff's offices around Minnesota have joined forces with Ring to gain voluntary access to homeowners' surveillance systems. Society has changed. The old way of policing is gone, Jeff Magee, a retired St. Paul ATF agent said from a St. Paul coffee shop, noting that he’s under constant surveillance when he steps outside his home. There is no real privacy.”
MI - Following Lawsuit, Detroit Police Return Car Illegally Seized Using Civil Forfeiture:
MI - Police Task Force Plays Jurisdiction Games To Avoid Compensating an Innocent Man Cops Put in the Hospital:
MI - How the City of Bessemer Decided to Buy This Ridiculous $2,000 Weed-Smelling Device:
WI - Milwaukee Police Department Releases Semiannual Stop And Frisk Analysis:
WI - 8 in10 Milwaukee police stop-and-frisk incidents lack justification:
IL - Lawsuit Accuses Motorola (Mugshots) and Vigilant Solutions of Violating The Biometric Information Privacy Act:
IL - Lawsuit Accuses OkCupid Of Violating the Biometric Information Privacy Act:
IL - Kane County Police Plan 'No Refusal' DUI Patrol Around St. Patrick's Day, Because Repeat Drunks Would Refuse Breathalyzers:
"Next month's patrol will be the 25th No Refusal event, which was created with the rationale was that savvy or repeat DUI suspects would often refuse any testing to prevent police from collecting evidence that could lead to another conviction."
IL - School Employees Have Used Isolated Timeouts Illegally:
"In six of eight districts investigators examined, they found that workers broke the law by improperly secluding students."
IL - Vernon Hills Police Department uses Auto Thefts, to Justify buying 10 Solar-Powered Flock Safety License Plate Readers:
"Vernon Hills will soon get 10 solar cameras. The black boxes will be mounted to poles and will take snapshots of every vehicle’s plate as the drivers pass through the intersections."
IA - Swim Team Student Gets Thrown On The Ground And A Gun Pointed At His Head For 'Taking A Selfie While Black'
IN - State supreme court rules for man charged with theft for removing GPS planted on his car by cops:
DE - Cops Smell Weed on 16- Year-Old Teen and Beat the Hell Out of Him:
MS - Handcuffed Black Motorist Sues Water Valley Police Department After Being Beaten By Cops For A Suspended License:
MS - MEMA Plans To Adopt RapidSOS Which Can Pinpoint A Cellphone To Within 3 Feet:
MO - Proposed legislation would allow testing of workers for medical pot:
MO - Appeals Court upholds verdict awarding $100,000 to a woman falsely arrested over a red light camera ticket:
"The city of St. Peters insisted that the judgment be overturned on the grounds of sovereign immunity, but the Court of Appeals disagreed in an unsigned memorandum opinion."
TN - Personal information of 7.2 million drivers sold to companies by state agency:
KY - Boyle County Decides To Only Take 25% Of Inmates Money Off The Top:
"In Boyle County, if anyone puts money into an inmate’s account — allowing the inmate to buy things like additional food, drink or clothes — 50% of that money is taken off the top by the county government."
KY - Appeals Court Says Cops Need Warrants To Obtain Real-Time Cell Site Location Info:
LA - State Continues to Imprison People Past Their Release Dates:
AL - Guards beat, hog-tied, ignored inmate who later died:
NM - Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Electronic Communications Privacy Act:
NM - AG sues Google for collecting school kids' personal data:
TX - William P. Hobby Airport Begins Using Facial Recognition:
TX - The Memorial Villages Police Department and 25 Communities Use Flock Safety License Plate Readers To Track Every Vehicle:
"More than 25 communities in Greater Houston now use Flock Safety’s license plate readers. The city of Katy just adopted them last month, and Sugar Land has used the technology for more than a decade. And Memorial City Mall is the latest Houston area location that will be using the readers."
TX - Cop Convicted of "Official Oppression" For Entering A Person's Home Because He Yelled At Officer To Slow Down:
TX - Houston D.A. Doubles the Scope of Her Case Review Following a Deadly Drug Raid Based on a Phony Affidavit:
TX - Waco Police Department releases latest Racial Profiling Report:
UT - State Signs Participating Addendum with Avion Unmanned:
"Avion Solutions, Inc., signed a participating addendum with the State of Utah's Division of Purchasing that allows for the use of this contract by the State's agencies, political subdivisions and institutions. This contract opens the door for Avion Unmanned to provide UAS services to state and local government agencies."
OR - House passes bill to stop courts from suspending licenses over unpaid traffic fines:
WA - Senate approves consumer-privacy bill to place restrictions on facial recognition:
WA - House Bill 2566 would impose round-the-clock camera surveillance on the traveling public:
WA - Senate bill would discourage ticket quotas for officers:
CA - UCLA Abandons Plans to Use Facial Recognition After Backlash:
CA - Cops Are Collecting Info on Millions of Drivers Who Have Done Nothing Wrong:
The Four Law Enforcement Agencies We Reviewed Have Not Consistently Fulfilled Requirements Designed to Protect Individuals’ Privacy
CA - Got a red light ticket? Chances are cops still have the photo:
CA - License-plate spy programs missing 1 important requirement:
CA - Auditor Slams License Plate Readers on Privacy Issues:
"Technology gives governments the ability to accumulate volumes of information about people, raising a reasonable question: How is an individual's privacy to be preserved?" State Auditor Elaine M. Howle asked.
CA - Unconstitutional Homeless ‘Sweeps’ Settlement: Homeless People Get $5,500 Each, Attorneys Get $3.5 MILLION
"If the deal is approved, Caltrans will pay $1.3 million to compensate homeless plaintiffs in Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville — paying out up to $5,500 per person. Caltrans will pay another $700,000 to the nonprofit Homeless Action Center, plus $3.5 million in attorneys’ fees."
CA - ICE Agents Ignore Sanctuary Law, Make Arrests at Sonoma County Superior Court:
"ICE said in a statement that California’s law doesn’t supersede federal law and “will not govern the conduct of federal officers acting pursuant to duly enacted laws passed by Congress that provide the authority to make administrative arrests of removable aliens inside the United States.”
CA - Chula Vista police to expand drone program:
"Since launching in October 2017, the Chula Vista Police Department has dispatched drones to 911 calls 1,509 times and drones have assisted in 224 arrests."
Drone Company Worked Closely with Chula Vista PD and the City of San Diego to Create BVLOS Drones:
"Cape, a cloud platform for drone telepresence and data management, has announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the first-ever Certificate of Authorization (COA) with a provision for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) for a public safety organization."
"Since October 2018, Cape has powered the nation’s first Drone as a First Responder program in partnership with the Chula Vista Police Department, where drones are integrated into daily emergency response operations as part of the San Diego Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program."
Amazon Ring Doorbells
Amazon has been gifting local police departments with a video surveillance system that has a back-end portal for the police. The hardware is partnered with software called Neighborhood Watch that allows people to share the footage they collect with their cameras.
Amazon is going to continue to expand their surveillance network. Together, we can shut down Amazon’s surveillance dragnet.
5. The Atlantic