Sep 302016
 September 30, 2016  Posted by  Announcements, Featured News

From EPIC:

EPIC proudly announces the 2016 edition of the Privacy Law Sourcebook, the definitive reference guide to US and international privacy law. The Privacy Law Sourcebook is an edited collection of the primary legal instruments for privacy protection in the modern age, including United States law, International law, and recent developments. The Sourcebook includes recent US law, such as the FREEDOM Act, and the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the UN Resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Modern Age, and regional privacy agreements. The Privacy Law Sourcebook 2016 is available for purchase from the EPIC Bookstore. EPIC will make the Privacy Law Sourcebook freely available to NGOs and human rights organizations.

Sep 292016
 September 29, 2016  Posted by  U.S., Youth & Schools

Sarah Schulte reports:

Hundreds of Chicago Public School parents want to know who gave away their contact information.

They said the looming threat of a teacher strike has a charter school network soliciting them to switch schools.

A mailer the size of a post card with a glossy cover was mailed out from the Noble Charter Network targeting Chicago Public School students between 6th and 8th grade. Parents have received charter solicitations before but not one like this.

“They were addressed to my 11-year-old son with home adddress and his school,” Jeff Jenkins, CPS parents and LCS member, said.

Parents are furious that CPS is sharing their children’s personal information with other parties.

Read more on ABC.

Sep 292016
 September 29, 2016  Posted by  Business, Surveillance, U.S.

Joe Cadillic sends along this item from

Speed cameras are banned in Virginia, but that did not stop the insurance industry from deploying them on state highways. As part of an effort to promote the issuance of speeding tickets, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the for-profit contractor Brekford set up ten radar units that they used to photograph the faces of motorists and identify them through Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) records. The group used the data collected to call for lowering of speed limits.

The National Motorists Association (NMA) noticed one flaw with the IIHS plan — IIHS never asked for permission to set up the cameras. On Wednesday the group filed a complaint with the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which has jurisdiction over Virginia highways. READ MORE….


Sep 292016
 September 29, 2016  Posted by  Online, Surveillance

Richard Winton reports:

Can police prevent hate crimes by monitoring racist banter on social media?

Researchers will be testing this concept over the next three years in Los Angeles, marking a new frontier in efforts by law enforcement to predict and prevent crimes.

During a three-year experiment, British researchers working with the Santa Monica-based Rand Corp. will be monitoring millions of tweets related to the L.A. area in an effort to identify patterns and markers that prejudice-motivated violence is about to occur in real time.

The researchers then will compare the data against records of reported violent acts.

Read more on the Los Angeles Times.

Joe Cadillic sent me the link to this story with a gentle I-tried-to-warn-you-all comment:

Earlier this year, I warned everyone that police will soon be arresting people based on ‘Sentiment Analysis’ of their Tweets:!/2016/08/police-to-arrest-people-based-on.html