Rhea Mahbubani reports: Three license plate readers that Menlo Park police began using this summer captured images of more than 250,000 plates between July 1 and Oct. 1, according to a police staff report. Out of all those images, however, only one could be tracked to a crime. Police recovered a stolen car and arrested […]
Peter Dujardin reports: A civil liberties group contends Virginia’s attorney general’s office is not following steps outlined in state law to provide insight into the gathering of telephone records by police departments and sheriff’s offices statewide. For at least 10 years, the attorney general’s office has been submitting required annual reports to the General Assembly […]
Cory Bennett reports: A judge Friday unsealed a trove of court documents that could shed light on a secret cellphone tracking program used by police nationwide. The judge in Charlotte, N.C., acted after a petition from the Charlotte Observer to make the documents public. Included are 529 requests from local Charlotte-Mecklenburg police asking judges to approve the use of […]
Ernesto writes: The U.S. Government is trying to get its hands on the assets of Kim Dotcom and his fellow defendants through a civil lawsuit, with the DoJ branding them fugitives and asking the court to dismiss their claims . The new filing further reveals that law enforcement continued to tap conversations of some defendants […]
A press release from Privacy International, sent on to us by Joe Cadillic: Governments across Central Asia have deployed advanced surveillance systems, including monitoring centres capable of spying on an entire country’s communications, according to a new investigative report published today by Privacy International. The comprehensive report, “Private Interests: Monitoring Central Asia”, contains personal accounts […]
Shane Bauer reports that rapid-DNA technology makes it easier than ever to grab and store your genetic profile. G-men, cops, and Homeland Security can’t wait to see it everywhere. Read more on MotherJones. Thanks to Joe Cadillic for the link.
Dave Maass writes: The National Security Agency isn’t the only agency that’s willing to flout the laws of the land in order to obtain your telephone records. As we’re learning from a case out of New Mexico, local prosecutors may be to willing to ignore rights enshrined in the Constitution for an unfair advantage in […]