Apr 152014

Mike McAndrew reports: New York will award $550,270 to police departments throughout the state to help them buy license plate readers, a controversial technology that enables agencies to photograph and track thousands of vehicles per day. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grants to buy 27 license plate readers today as part of $976,790 the state [...]

Apr 152014

From the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, a follow-up on a concerning situation previously noted on this blog: Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian has released the findings of her Special Investigation into sensitive information about attempted suicides by Ontarians being shared with U.S. border officials.  The Report, “Crossing the Line: The [...]

Apr 152014

Jennifer Lynch writes: New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer. EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)—the FBI’s massive biometric database that may hold [...]

Apr 142014

Tim Cushing writes: Throw the words “national security” around frequently enough and you might start to believe it actually means something. The EFF’s battle against the government’s use of National Security Letters (NSLs) is being fought mostly under seal (the EFF can’t even reveal whom its clients are). To be sure, there is sensitive material being discussed, but the [...]

Apr 122014

Nice.  Jack Bouboushian of Courthouse News reports that a federal magistrate judge in the District of Columbia has asked EFF to file an amicus brief on the technology and constitutional issues implicated  in government requests for historical cell site location information: There are 87 opinions publicly available that address cell site information, but these decisions [...]