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Facial recognition fails accuracy test raises privacy concerns; ACLU sues Clearview AI

Existing criticisms of facial recognition technology once again is being called into question as news of Amazon’s “Rekognition” software was found to incorrectly match 105 U.S. and U.K. politicians. A blog post by privacy advocate Paul Bischoff published on comparitech.com/ May 28 criticized the tool for being inaccurate after he compared new data from Comparitech…
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ACLU: Privacy Concerns abound over location tracking to stop Covid-19 spread

Mobile location data may seem like a promising tool for health officials racing to blunt the frightening spread of COVID-19, but the ACLU warned this week that accuracy issues may limit its effectiveness while raising significant privacy concerns. As the coronavirus sweeps the U.S., sending Americans to the hospital in record numbers and racking up…
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Devin Nunes’ cow Twitter account owner should remain anonymous, ACLU says

The person behind the “Devin Nunes’ cow” Twitter account should remain anonymous, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asserted in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in response to a defamation lawsuit brought by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. While Nunes has offered no evidence that the parody account had posted false statements, the California lawmaker, who as…
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California ‘boldly’ bans facial recognition in body cams, ACLU

With a flourish of a pen Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom blocked police in California from using facial recognition technology in their body cameras. The Body Camera Accountability Act bans the use of facial recognition technology in body cams for three years. It prohibits “a law enforcement agency or law enforcement officer from installing, activating or…
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ACLU tells Ga. Supreme Court Fourth Amendment should apply to personal data stored by cars

Fourth Amendment protections should apply to personal data in a car’s Event Data Recorder, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will argue before the Georgia Supreme Court today. The state’s high court is hearing oral arguments in Mobley v. State, which challenges law enforcement’s warrantless search and seizure of data gleaned from the so-called blackbox…
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ACLU warns security cameras could lead to surveillance

Millions of security cameras become equipped with “video analytics” and other AI-infused technologies that allow computers not only record but “understand” the objects they’re capturing, they could be used for both security and marketing purposes, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warned in a recent report ,“The Dawn of Robot Surveillance.” As they become more…
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ACLU backs Calif. legislation to curb facial recognition tech with body cams

Just days after San Francisco became the first city to ban the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement and government agencies, a coalition led by the ACLU of California is backing a bill that would “prevent the use of face surveillance and other biometric surveillance technology with police body cameras and similar devices”…
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ACLU demands Justice Dept. reveal facial recognition tech use

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Massachusetts are demanding the Justice Department reveal how the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition technology. The rights organization has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to compel the department about the use of the technology “and what safeguards,…
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ACLU suit seeks social media surveillance records from seven fed agencies

The U.S. government’s social media surveillance activities, including the monitoring of immigrants and visa applications under the Trump administration’s extreme vetting effort, are in the crosshairs of a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Northern California. The suit, which takes aim at actions of the…
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ACLU urges Senate to grill AG nominee Barr on surveillance, privacy

As Congress prepares to question William Barr in confirmation hearings to become Attorney General, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is warning lawmakers that Barr’s “record regarding the right to privacy and the Fourth Amendment…raises serious concerns about his suitability” to hold the post. Contending that Barr helped create the U.S.’s surveillance state during his stint…
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