The European Union May Ban Facial Recognition For 5-Year Review Of Tech

The European Union May Ban Facial Recognition For 5-Year Review Of Tech By Aaron Kesel The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology which has raised massive privacy concerns over the years since its inception, risking us walking into George Orwell’s nightmare 1984. The European Commission is considering a ban on all facial recognition technology in public places for three to five years, the BBC reported. The Commission  hopes to examine the technology during these years with “a sound methodology for assessing the impacts of this technology and possible…

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Seven and Counting: Cambridge, Massachusetts Passes Facial Recognition Ban

Seven and Counting: Cambridge, Massachusetts Passes Facial Recognition Ban By Michael Maharrey Last Monday night, the Cambridge City Council passed a measure banning facial recognition technology in the city. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network. Cambridge Mayor McGovern, along with Councilors Craig Kelley and Sumbul Siddiqui, proposed the ban last summer in a resolution. The amendment to the Surveillance Technology Ordinance passed last year prohibits any city department from intentionally…

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Foreign Police Want to Bypass Privacy Laws—and Courts—to Get Data from Abroad: Year in Review 2019

Foreign Police Want to Bypass Privacy Laws—and Courts—to Get Data from Abroad: Year in Review 2019 By Katitza Rodriguez and Seth Schoen The global nature of the Internet means that police agencies all around the world facing challenges investigating crime when the data is stored in other countries. The pressure to make this process easier is mounting. To many governments, that means stripping away legal protections for privacy. Soon, police in other countries could get their hands on data from abroad based on an international agreement or other legal initiative.…

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State Supreme Court Sets Massive Precedent, Cops Can No Longer Ask Random Questions

State Supreme Court Sets Massive Precedent, Cops Can No Longer Ask Random Questions By Jack Burns As a result of an Oregon Supreme Court ruling, Oregonians will no longer be forced or feel compelled to answer random questions from police officers in an attempt to get citizens to incriminate themselves by consenting to a search of their vehicle or persons, for example. In other words, the Oregon State Supreme Court ruled if they pull you over for a faulty license plate light bulb, the officers must then keep their questioning…

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92% Of Americans Feel Their Freedom Is Threatened

92% Of Americans Feel Their Freedom Is Threatened By Tyler Durden Americans are most afraid their First Amendment rights could be taken away, according to a new poll by Harris Poll/Purple Project, which surveyed 2,002 people nationwide from November 18-20, 2019. Overall, Statista’s Maria Vultaggio notes that 92 percent were concerned their rights were being jeopardized, USA Today wrote, citing the poll. Americans also fear their right to bear arms and their right to equal justice are in danger. You will find more infographics at Statista The poll comes one week after…

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TSA Pulls 90-Year-Old Woman from Wheelchair, Forcibly Grope Her Breasts in Full Public View — Lawsuit

TSA Pulls 90-Year-Old Woman from Wheelchair, Forcibly Grope Her Breasts in Full Public View — Lawsuit PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — (TRI) The Rutherford Institute has come to the aid of an elderly Delaware woman who has alleged that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners groped her upper and lower body, including feeling inside the waistband of her pants, during a security screening at Philadelphia’s International Airport (PHL) earlier this year. In a request under Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law, Rutherford Institute attorneys have demanded copies of any video surveillance footage of the…

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Genetic Genealogy Company GEDmatch Acquired by Company With Ties to FBI & Law Enforcement—Why You Should Be Worried

Genetic Genealogy Company GEDmatch Acquired by Company With Ties to FBI & Law Enforcement—Why You Should Be Worried By Jennifer Lynch This week, GEDmatch, a genetic genealogy company that gained notoriety for giving law enforcement access to its customers’ DNA data, quietly informed its users it is now operated by Verogen, Inc., a company expressly formed two years ago to market “next-generation [DNA] sequencing” technology to crime labs. What this means for GEDmatch’s 1.3 million users—and for the 60% of white Americans who share DNA with those users—remains to be…

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Habeas Corpus? Trump Administration Uses Patriot Act Provision 412 To Indefinitely Detain Man

Habeas Corpus? Trump Administration Uses Patriot Act Provision 412 To Indefinitely Detain Man By Aaron Kesel The Trump administration has enacted Section 412 of the PATRIOT Act to keep a Palestinian man behind bars. The provision of the act allows for the indefinite detention of resident aliens under national security grounds. Of course, not to be confused with the indefinite detention of American citizens under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Adham Amin Hassoun has spent nearly the entire “war on terror” behind two cement walls. Hassoun was first charged…

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Amazon Ring Doorbell Camera to Build Watchlist of “Suspicious” Neighbors for Police

Amazon Ring Doorbell Camera to Build Watchlist of “Suspicious” Neighbors for Police By John Vibes Ring, the home security system developed by Amazon, is planning to build a database of neighborhood watchlists using facial recognition technology. Documents obtained by the Intercept revealed that the company is working with law enforcement on a system that will identify people who are considered “suspicious,” and let Ring owners know when these individuals are near their home, using the facial recognition software built into the security system’s cameras. The software will also give the Ring…

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DEEP DIVE: EFF to DHS: Stop Mass Collection of Social Media Information

DEEP DIVE: EFF to DHS: Stop Mass Collection of Social Media Information By Saira Hussain and Sophia Cope The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a proposed rule expanding the agency’s collection of social media information on key visa forms and immigration applications. Earlier this month, EFF joined over 40 civil society organizations that signed on to comments drafted by the Brennan Center for Justice. These comments identify the free speech and privacy risks the proposed rule poses to U.S. persons both directly, if they are required to fill…

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