regulation

San Francisco Debuts Nation’s First Facial Recognition Regulation with Ban on Government Use

An article last week from Wired reported that San Francisco has passed the nation’s first ban on government use of facial recognition technology. Enacted by the city’s Board of Supervisors, the measure was adopted as part of a suite of … Read more »

Law Enforcement Around the Country is Quietly Enlisting the Private Sector to Develop Real-Time Facial Recognition Capability

Once relegated to the fanciful flights of science fiction, facial recognition technology has not only reached sufficient maturity to enter the market, but has even entered mainstream consumer consciousness as a tool of convenience. One need only ask the satisfied … Read more »

Illinois State Government Joins Ranks of Net Neutrality Defenders Across Country

With the publication in the federal register of the FCC’s plan to scrap federal net neutrality protections, the struggle for net neutrality enters its most contentious phase:  state legislatures and attorneys general  have mounted a coordinated defense, as well as … Read more »

Press: In Light of FCC Vote, CCDBR and Allies Will Step Up the Fight for Free and Open Internet

CHICAGO — On Sunday, December 10, 2017, the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Alliance, held an open forum to discuss the impact of the impending Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote to Read more »

Announcement: CCDBR to Host Net Neutrality Forum Ahead of FCC Vote

In light of the considerable impact that the impending FCC vote to reverse its classification of internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers will have on ordinary Chicago residents and Americans across the country, the Chicago Committee to Defend the … Read more »

FCC Plows Ahead with Plans to Scrap Net Neutrality and Endanger Open Internet

According to a new report from Wired, the FCC has unveiled its plans for rescinding the classification of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as common carriers, forfeiting the Commission’s ability and obligation to police ISPs for possible violations of … Read more »

Rauner Vetoes Bill Requiring User Opt-In for Selling Geolocation Data

The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill which would have required tech companies and other businesses whose products or services handle geolocation data to receive explicit consent from users or customers before that data … Read more »

Rauner Signs Broadly Supported Civil Forfeiture Protections Into Law

 Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law (HB303) restricting civil forfeiture practices of law enforcement agencies in the state. The newly enacted regulations, which CCDBR profiled previously, raise the evidentiary threshold for seizing citizens’ property from “probable … Read more »

US House Passes Measure Blocking Justice Department’s Resumption of Civil Forfeiture Loophole

A new piece from The Intercept reports that the US House of Representatives by a 211-198 vote has adopted language which would nullify the Department of Justice policy resuming federal civil forfeiture practices under the Equitable Sharing Program. The appropriations bill’s … Read more »

New Hampshire Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Warrants for Stingrays, Poising State to Join Illinois and Others in Stricter Regulation

According to a report by the Tenth Amendment Center, the New Hampshire House has just passed a bill which would closely regulate the deployment of stingray surveillance devices in the state, most notably by requiring law enforcement to obtain … Read more »

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