Portland enacts nation's strongest facial recognition ban
Portland has become the first to ban all both public and private sector organizations from using facial recognition systems within city limits.
Pittsburgh considers ban on facial recognition, predictive policing
A new proposal to the Pittsburgh City Council this week follows a recent predictive policing pilot led by the city and its controversial use of social media and facial recognition to arrest civil rights protesters earlier this year.
Facial recognition software tallies second wrongful arrest
Two Black men in Detroit are the first known examples of the controversial technology leading police to arrest the wrong people. The ACLU believes there are many others.
Los Angeles used Signal to plan controversial vehicle-tracking program
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
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
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
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
Absent federal regulations on government's use of facial recognition, more states and localities are coming up with their own rules and prohibitions.
Five new bills threaten California's privacy act, experts say
Watchdogs say new legislation would reverse or weaken various consumer protections under a landmark online privacy law set to go active next year.