Mar 222017

Joshua Kopstein reports:

The FBI took fire from privacy advocates and members of Congress Wednesday over how it characterizes its face recognition program, which has allowed agents to access and algorithmically match the photos of tens of millions of Americans — including innocent people who have never been charged with a crime.

At a hearing convened by the House of Representatives’ government oversight committee, experts and lawmakers pressed an FBI representative on the agency’s misrepresentation of the program’s scope, as well as its refusal to audit the accuracy of systems responsible for matching vast databases of photos with criminal suspects.

Read more on Vocativ.

Mar 222017
 March 22, 2017  Govt No Responses »

Joe Cadillic writes:

Imagine driving down the road and being stopped by a Border Patrol agent for speeding. Imagine Border Patrol agents responding to domestic abuse calls at people’s homes. Imagine the Border Patrol responding to trespassing calls and detaining motorists with K-9’s. 
You can stop imagining, because it’s happening in New York, Vermont, Maine and now New HampshireHouse Bill 1298gives DHS’s Border Patrol agents police powers in NH.
Read more on MassPrivateI.
Mar 222017
 March 22, 2017  Business 1 Response »

The state of Virginia is not happy that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) set up speed cameras on Virginia highways without any authority to do so. State officials sent a warning letter to the industry lobbying group in October.

“We recently received a concern claiming your organization set up equipment on property controlled by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT),” Northern Virginia District Administrator Helen Cuervo wrote. “In reviewing our records, it does not appear that your organization had a legal permit to do so.

Read more on TheNewspaper.com.  So they get to keep the data they illegally obtained and then used to lobby for changes that would benefit their industry? They should be made to destroy the data.

Mar 212017
 March 21, 2017  Court, U.S., Youth & Schools No Responses »

A high school student and his parents sued the Boyertown Area School District Tuesday for intentionally violating his right to bodily privacy after he was exposed involuntarily to an undressed female student while he was changing in his school’s locker room. Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom and the Independence Law Center are co-counsel in the lawsuit, filed in federal district court.

Read more on The Global Dispatch.