May 162019
 
 May 16, 2019  Posted by  Business, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Joe Cadillic writes:

What is it going to take for Americans to realize that law enforcement has become an extension of Big Brother?

All across the country, police officers are secretly using facial recognition to identify neighbors and people of interest.

Police already have a history of abusing criminal record searches like CORI.

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Last week a press release revealed that LexisNexis Risk Solutions acquired Lumen from Numerica Corporation.

“The acquisition of the Lumen product line of Numerica continues our 20-year investment and commitment to the public safety sector,” said Haywood Talcove, CEO, Government, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “We will continue to foster the innovations that have made both LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Numerica leaders in the marketplace. We look forward to working with our joint customers and welcoming the new police agencies, including the Colorado Information Sharing Consortium.”

Read more on MassPrivateI.  There’s a lot more on Lumen that you will want to be aware of.

But on one positive note, let’s remember and celebrate the fact that San Francisco has officially banned the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement and other agencies.  You can read more about Brian Hofer, the man who has successfully written that ban and other privacy laws that pass, in this article on the NYT.

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