Cambridge, MA Joins Growing Ranks of Cities Requiring Civilian Control of Police Surveillance Tech

Cambridge, MA Joins Growing Ranks of Cities Requiring Civilian Control of Police Surveillance Tech By Shahid Buttar Last week, the City of Cambridge, MA became at least the tenth local jurisdiction in the U.S. to adopt a crucial measure enabling civilian control of police surveillance technology at the local level. The measure requires local police to obtain civilian permission before purchasing surveillance equipment, to document the security rationale and privacy impacts of any such purchase, and also to comply with an annual audit to reveal potential misuse or overuse. The…

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Chicago Should Reject a Proposal for Private-Sector Face Surveillance

Chicago Should Reject a Proposal for Private-Sector Face Surveillance By Shahid Buttar A proposed amendment to the Chicago municipal code would allow businesses to use face surveillance systems that could invade biometric and location privacy, and violate a pioneering state privacy law adopted by Illinois a decade ago. EFF joined a letter with several allied privacy organizations explaining our concerns, which include issues with both the proposed law and the invasive technology it would irresponsibly expand. At its core, facial recognition technology is an extraordinary menace to our digital liberties.…

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