Los Angeles used Signal to plan controversial vehicle-tracking program

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Emails obtained by the Los Angeles Daily News show city transportation officials used an encrypted messaging service to discuss a vehicle-tracking program and did not save the correspondence.

Facial recognition bill falls flat in California legislature

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A state Assembly committee stopped a bill allowing companies and government agencies to use the controversial surveillance technology without consent.

D.C. groups oppose city's real-time vehicle location tracking policy

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A policy enacted in February by the D.C. transportation department requiring companies to share ride data in real time is facing escalating criticism from privacy advocates and neighborhood groups.

Phone location data offers limited glimpse of virus spread, ACLU says

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The mobile data being used to track the COVID-19 pandemic is not accurate enough to tell if people are abiding by social-distancing guidelines — and privacy concerns abound, the ACLU said.

Facial-recognition ban in Cambridge, Mass., marks a trend

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Absent federal regulations on government's use of facial recognition, more states and localities are coming up with their own rules and prohibitions.

ACLU urges Amazon shareholders to stop selling facial-recognition tech to government

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The group says Amazon's sale of its "Rekognition" tool presents a "grave threat to communities" that must be stopped.

'Smart' streetlights could be used for widespread public surveillance, ACLU warns

by • 2 years ago

Though commonly advertised as environmental tools, the devices could instead be used by police agencies with minimal oversight to surveil the communities the technology was meant to serve.

Three state-level cases are primed to mold the future of mobile privacy

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How the Massachusetts Supreme Court rules on these cases is expected to set precedents for how law enforcement is permitted to use location data going forward nationwide.

ACLU criticizes cities and states buying facial-recognition software from Amazon

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"Facial recognition in American communities threatens freedom," the organization says of Amazon's Rekognition platform.