surveillance

Law Enforcement Caught Seizing Prescription Drug Data on Americans Without a Warrant

A new report from the Washington Post has laid bare the shocking ease with which law enforcement is able to obtain prescription drug records on patients across the country. The revelation that government bodies effectively do not require a warrant … Read more »

Mixed Bag Illinois Law Unleashes Drones on Populace, But Guarantees FR and Weapons Limits

According to The Register, a new Illinois law signed by governor Pritzker overhauls the rules regulating law enforcement use of drones, to mixed effect. The law, known as the “Drones as First Responders Act,” grants police in the … Read more »

The Technological Leaps Hitting the Market Show the True Face of Facial Recognition

A new report from the LA Times reveals the frightening scale of potential civil liberties violations posed by recent advances in facial recognition technology. The piece profiles a company called Vintra which is showcasing the “co-appearance” feature of its … Read more »

Illinois’s Nation-Leading Biometric Privacy Protections Continue to Strengthen

Last month, the Illinois Supreme Court set a milestone legal precedent to strengthen the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (or “BIPA”). The ruling expands the scope of possible enforcement of already potent biometric privacy protections.

In the case before the … Read more »

Senators Continue to Push Legislation Curbing Facial Recognition Use By Federal and State Governments

Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey has formally reintroduced his “Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act”. Initially debuted in the Senate chambers in 2021, Markey has been persistent in reintroducing it.

If passed, the bill would be a first for regulating … Read more »

New FTC Report Admits that ISP Surveillance is Practically Inescapable

According to The Register, a new report by the FTC has concluded that it is nearly impossible for internet service provider (ISP) customers to escape surveillance from these companies in actual practice. In particular, the report notes that add-on … Read more »

Apple Torches Its Pro-Privacy Reputation to Build a Massive iPhone Surveillance Infrastructure

According to the EFF, Apple has announced that it will be building a content-monitoring system into every iPhone, obliterating its reputation as a privacy champion practically overnight. The smartphone giant explained that every iPhone will soon be automatically loaded … Read more »

Magistrate Judge in Chicago Sets Stage for Challenging “Geofence” Warrant Constitutionality

According to a report in Wired, a magistrate judge based in Chicago has called the constitutionality of expansive location-based search warrants into question for the first time. In a July ruling that was only recently unsealed, judge M. David … Read more »

Federal Court Finds NSA Metadata Program Illegal

According to Politico, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a former NSA call metadata collection program violated US law. In its unanimous decision, the appeals court found the authorizations of the NSA’s so-called “bulk collection” … Read more »

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