Mar 042013
 March 4, 2013  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

If you missed the conference on Location Tracking and Biometrics at Yale yesterday, you missed an outstanding conference combining informative presentations and lively discussion and questions from the audience.  But not to fear: it’s available for viewing (fast forward the first 40 minutes; it seems to start with Chris Soghoian’s overview of location tracking).

You can find the program here, with links to articles suggested by panelists. There were four panels:

Panel 1: The Fourth Amendment and tracking after U.S. v. Jones with Susan Freiwald, David Gray, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, Priscilla Smith  (Moderator: Jameel Jaffer)
Panel 2: Cellular phones and mobile privacy: Government requests to carriers  with Kevin Bankston, Ed McNicholas, Stephanie Pell, Judge Stephen Smith (Moderator Barton Gellman)
Panel 3: Cellular phones and mobile privacy: Direct government surveillance (Stingrays) with Alan Butler, Judge Brian Owsley, Christopher Soghoian (Moderator Jennifer Valentino-DeVries)
Panel 4: Nontrespassory tracking: Biometrics, license plate readers, and drones with Alvaro Bedoya, Catherine Crump, Laura K. Donohue, Ralph Gross, Travis Hall, Jennifer Lynch, Nabiha Syed (Moderator Noah Shachtman)

There was just so much packed into the panel presentations and discussions that I can’t do it justice here, other than to just tell you:  go watch and listen. You’ll thank me later, although the fourth panel may scare the bejesus out of you.

@EFFaustin provided yeoman service throughout the day, tweeting links to additional relevant articles and resources on the topics.  I’ve compiled a list of  some of the many tweets, which includes their suggestions as well as some resources tweeted by others:

Ars Technica: 30,000 secret surveillance orders approved each year, judge estimates
H.B. 1608, introduced in Texas legislature: “Relating to warrants issued to obtain location information from wireless communications devices and to public access to law enforcement or prosecutor requests for certain related location or communication information.” See also this post.
David Gray, Danielle Citron: The Right to Quantitative Privacy
Police blotter: Judge lets Feds track cell phones
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook say they require warrants to give over private content
Microsoft launches ‘Don’t get Scroogled’ campaign against Google
Heritage Foundation: New National Counterterrorism Center Guidelines Require Strong Oversight
Electronic Surveillance Manual (2005)
Purchase agreement to buy Stingray
FOI response on Stingray
Forum thread: IMSI Catcher/Spy Detector
NY v. Bialstock
Jennifer Lynch: From Fingerprints to DNA: Biometric Data Collection in U.S. Immigrant Communities and Beyond
DHS: Privacy Impact Assessment for the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) (2006)
FBI: The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS)
Laura Donahue: Technological Leap, Statutory Gap, and Constitutional Abyss: Remote Biometric Identification Comes of Age
Alessandro Acquisti, Ralph Gross, Fred Stutzman: Faces of Facebook: Privacy in the Age of Augmented Reality
CV Dazzle, camouflage from face detection
Stanford University drone-list


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