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Report: Justice Department Convenes Forum to Expand Police Use of Drones with Zero Concern for Privacy Implications

Last week, the US Department of Justice issued a press release announcing the start of a forum designed to help law enforcement agencies across the country expand their use of drones. The release, which took the form of a … Read more »

San Francisco Moves to Prohibit Government Use of Facial Recognition and Limit Surveillance Technology

According to a new piece by The Atlantic, San Francisco legislators are moving ahead with a bill that would prohibit city government agencies from using facial recognition technology. While the draft legislation, known as the “Stop Secret Surveillance … Read more »

CPD’s Impending Consent Decree Holds Promise to Improve Safety for Over-Policed Disabled Population

According to a new article from the Chicago Reporter, the current draft of the consent decree imposed by federal court on the Chicago Police Department will include provisions intended to specifically address the safety of individuals with disabilities. The … Read more »

Border Warrant Exemption for Smartphone Search Under New Challenge in Newly Filed Lawsuit

This week, Ars Technica reported that a new lawsuit has been filed challenging the federal government’s practice of searching without warrants the digital devices of Americans entering or leaving the country. The suit takes aim at the dubious, though judicially Read more »

Daley’s Casual Proposal to Expand Surveillance Would Build on Chicago’s Already Appalling Legacy

According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, last month mayoral candidate Bill Daley unveiled a prospective crime-fighting plan that includes adding thousands of additional surveillance cameras to Chicago’s already sprawling network. Even more unsettlingly, the proposal would also … Read more »

Proposed Amendment Would Place Chicago Under Gaze of Colossal Facial Recognition Surveillance Network

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a CCDBR partner organization through its Electronic Frontier Alliance, city officials are considering a change to the municipal code that would allow private businesses in Chicago to deploy facial recognition software as part of … Read more »

California Takes Lead in Defending Net Neutrality with Newly Enacted Law Defying FCC

Earlier this week, California formally adopted the nation’s most robust protection of net neutrality principles with Governor Jerry Brown’s signing into law of SB-822, according to a new article from Ars Technica.

The new California law preserves net neutrality by … Read more »

Defending Rights and Dissent Releases Resources Equipping Activists to Protect Free Speech Rights

Defending Rights and Dissent, a partner organization affiliated with the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, has released a collection of online resources for instructing activists how to preserve their right to peaceful protest. The resources, known collectively … 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 »

Announcement: CCDBR to Host Training Session by Local FOIA experts

Few tools are indispensable to protecting our civil liberties in the way that Freedom of Information Act requests are, in that they compel government at all levels to submit records of their activity to the public that they would otherwise … Read more »