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Loopholes in Law Enforcement Facial Recognition Bans Reveal Major Legal Blemishes

A new article from The Washington Post reveals how law enforcement bodies in major municipalities are circumventing their jurisdictions’ bans on facial recognition. Specifically, the report used police departments in Austin and San Francisco, both of which prohibit police … Read more »

FCC Votes to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules

According to The Hill, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to reinstate net neutrality regulations. The restored rules governing Internet service providers (ISPs) ensure the impartial routing of traffic which is vital for keeping the Internet an open … Read more »

Between Law Enforcement, Airlines, and Tech Companies, Facial Recognition in Air Travel is Quickly Soaring

A new article from DNYUZ makes a compelling case that facial recognition identification at US airports is on track to explode in the coming years.

To begin with, many Americans may not realize how pervasive biometric identification, of which … Read more »

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 FBI Documents Shed More Light on Cell Phone Location Tracking Capabilities

A recent article by Motherboard paints the clearest picture yet on how the nation’s top law enforcement body queries Americans’ cellular location data. The centerpiece of the story, a training document produced by the FBI’s Cellular Analysis Survey Team … Read more »

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