Aug 062022
 August 6, 2022  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Shira Schoenberg reports:

The police cannot test a person’s blood to determine blood alcohol content without that person’s consent, even if the person authorized the blood draw itself, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Friday. 

It is well-established law that the police cannot order a blood test without a person’s consent, in order to protect the safety of both the subject and medical personnel. But the SJC was presented with a unique drunk driving case in which the driver, Eric Moreau, was taken to the hospital after a collision and agreed to a blood test for medical purposes. The Gardner police then obtained a warrant for his blood and tested it to determine his blood alcohol content. Based on the results, Moreau was charged with operating under the influence and negligent driving.  

Read more at CommonWealth.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Aug 062022
 August 6, 2022  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Speaking of using facial recognition for surveillance purposes, Nicola Kelly reports:

Migrants who have been convicted of a criminal offence will be required to scan their faces up to five times a day using smartwatches installed with facial recognition technology under plans from the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.

In May, the government awarded a contract to the British technology company Buddi Limited to deliver “non-fitted devices” to monitor “specific cohorts” as part of the Home Office Satellite Tracking Service. The scheme is due to be introduced from the autumn across the UK, at an initial cost of £6m.

Read more at The Guardian.

Also, predictably, via Joe Cadillic

Aug 062022
 August 6, 2022  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

(Well, their headline said “for new safety program” but I fixed that for them)

Last week, Madeline Edwards reported:

 Marion County Board of Education listened to a presentation about a facial recognition-based program that would serve as an extra safety measure within its schools.

Superintendent of Marion County Schools, Dr. Donna Hage, said that she felt this software would keep those within the school safe without the necessity of a weapon detector.

Read more at WDTV.

via Joe Cadillic


Aug 062022
 August 6, 2022  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Featured News, Non-U.S., Online, Surveillance

Natasha Lomas reports:

In the latest blow to the creepy ‘tracking-ads’ complex, French adtech giant Criteo has been found in breach of European Union data protection regulation and hit with a €60 million sanction (~$65 million) by the country’s national privacy watchdog in a preliminary decision following a multi-year investigation.

Digital rights advocacy group Privacy International, which lodged a formal complaint against the surveillance adtech giant back in 2018, when the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into application, tweeted news of the sanction today.

Read more at TechCrunch.