Jan 272016
 January 27, 2016  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Court

Dana Herra reports:

A federal judge has dismissed an Illinois man’s attempted class action lawsuit against Facebook, contending the social media provider’s photo sharing platform violates Illinois privacy law. In dismissing the matter, however, the judge said the court in this case only lacked jurisdiction to rule in the matter, and stopped short of rendering an opinion on the lawsuit’s allegations against Facebook.

On Jan. 21, U.S. District Judge Jorge L. Alonso granted Facebook’s motion to dismiss the case, docketed in Chicago federal court as No. 15-C-7681, for lack of personal jurisdiction. The social media giant’s other motion to dismiss – for failure to state a claim – was stricken as moot, since the judge had determined the court had no jurisdiction in the case.

Read more on Cook County Record.

Jan 272016
 January 27, 2016  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Joe Cadillic writes:

Samsung’s ‘WISE NETIII‘ facial recognition CCTV’s will soon be installed in San Francisco.

According to the SF Gate:

“San Francisco’s public transit agency plans to purchase up to 150 cameras marketed for their ability to find and focus on human faces, although city officials insist the devices will monitor only traffic — not people.”

“The Municipal Transportation Agency is seeking a vendor that will sell cameras equipped with “face detection” technology, according to bidding documents posted online. Those cameras will scan streets from traffic-light poles…”

Read more on MassPrivateI.

Jan 272016
 January 27, 2016  Posted by  Business, Surveillance, U.S.

I’ve occasionally noted concerning reports involving Vigilant Solutions, going back to May, 2014. Now Dave Maass of EFF writes:

Vigilant Solutions, one of the country’s largest brokers of vehicle surveillance technology, is offering a hell of a deal to law enforcement agencies in Texas: a whole suite of automated license plate reader (ALPR) equipment and access to the company’s massive databases and analytical tools—and it won’t cost the agency a dime.

Even though the technology is marketed as budget neutral, that doesn’t mean no one has to pay. Instead, Texas police fund it by gouging people who have outstanding court fines and handing Vigilant all of the data they gather on drivers for nearly unlimited commercial use.

Read more on EFF.

Jan 272016
 January 27, 2016  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S.

It’s not the first time I’ve covered a case like this, but it always strikes me how very different our systems are. 

BBC reports:

A convicted murderer released on parole from a secure psychiatric unit has won his Supreme Court battle to keep his identity secret.

The double killer, who is in his 40s, is in the process of changing his name to start a new life, the court heard.

The man, who was referred to as “C”, had killed his ex-girlfriend and her new companion, the court heard.

Anonymity was “necessary” for his reintegration into the community, the judges ruled.

The anonymity issue came about after C, who was released in October, applied for a High Court judicial review of a decision by the home secretary to refuse him unescorted leave in the community.

Read more on BBC.