Jul 302018
 July 30, 2018  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Zuri Davis writes:

The Tennessee branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the Memphis police, accusing the department of illegally surveilling Black Lives Matter activists.

The suit stems from the city’s response last year to an open records request. When Memphis released the names of civilians who required a police escort during City Hall visits, several people on the list turned out to be activists who participated in “protests, rallies or other free speech activities in the city.” The ACLU notes that many of these figures “had no criminal record or history of causing disturbances at City Hall.” Nonetheless, individuals on the list could be escorted from certain properties and charged with criminal trespass if they return.

Read more on Reason.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Jul 302018
 July 30, 2018  Posted by  Business, Featured News, U.S., Youth & Schools

Natasha Singer has a must-read report on how businesses are compiling and selling student data. If you are a parent or student privacy advocate, be sure to read her entire article.  Here’s how it begins, but there’s a lot of meat to it, and she names names.

Three thousand high school students from across the United States recently trekked to a university sports arena here to attend an event with an impressive-sounding name: the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. Many of their parents had spent $985 on tuition.

Months earlier, the teenagers had received letters, signed by a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, congratulating them on being nominated for “a highly selective national program honoring academically superior high school students.”

Read more on the New York Times.

Jul 292018
 July 29, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Business, U.S.

Erin Heffernan has a follow-up on a case out of Missouri where an Uber/Lyft driver was live-streaming his passengers without their knowledge, much less consent.

A number of questions had been raised by the story, as I noted here in previous coverage.

Read more on St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but if you’re hoping you’ll find answers or solutions to protect your privacy from this type of thing, prepare to be disappointed.

Jul 292018
 July 29, 2018  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Jana Winter reports:

Federal air marshals have begun following ordinary US citizens not suspected of a crime or on any terrorist watch list and collecting extensive information about their movements and behavior under a new domestic surveillance program that is drawing criticism from within the agency.

The previously undisclosed program, called “Quiet Skies,” specifically targets travelers who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base,” according to a Transportation Security Administration bulletin in March.

Read more on Boston Globe.