DHS Reportedly Arrested Suspects Pinpointed with Purchased Location Data

Earlier this month, The Verge reported that the Department of Homeland Security purchased location data for an unspecified number of individuals in the US-Mexico border region. DHS reviewed a swath of historical location data for those whose data indicated they … Read more »

DHS Announces Plan to Collect DNA of Immigrants During Border Searches

According to a piece published last month by The Verge, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving forward with a plan to collect DNA samples from individuals detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs … Read more »

Facial Recognition Adoption Remains Unchecked Even as Government Warns of Anti-Minority Bias

A new piece by Motherboard reports that the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a warning that facial recognition technology remains dangerously biased against those of non-white racial backgrounds, women, and other historically marginalized groups. Specifically, … Read more »

California Legislature Passes Three-Year Ban on Facial Recognition Use with Police Body Cameras

Last week, the California State Assembly passed a bill that would bar any law enforcement agency in the state from using facial recognition technology in conjunction with body cameras for a period of three years. The bill, passed by a … Read more »

Federal Court Affirms Constitutional Protection Against Suspicionless Searches of Devices at US Border

According to a press release by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published earlier this month, a federal district court in Boston ruled that law enforcement at the US border cannot search individual travelers’ devices in the absence of suspicion. … Read more »

Coalition of Civil Liberties Groups Campaign for Ban on Police Facial Recognition

A new piece by Truthout reports that over 30 civil liberties organizations have united to lobby governments at all levels to prohibit law enforcement use of facial recognition technology. The alliance, led by Fight for the Future, views facial … Read more »

Law and Technology Quickly Converging to Allow Unblinking Aerial Surveillance

As its law enforcement application continues to evolve and proliferate, drone deployment in municipalities across the country has attracted spirited resistance by civil libertarians. Considering the degree to which drones can compromise the privacy of individuals, notably in their … Read more »

Digital Rights Activist Contributes Eloquent Essay Perfectly Encapsulating Today’s Struggle for Privacy

One of the perennial challenges that digital rights-conscious civil liberties defenders face is the difficulty in expressing why digital technology presents such a unique and insidious threat to privacy. The ramifications of the erosion of privacy are truly palpable, especially Read more »

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 »