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Police Surveillance

Your Face Is Probably In A Police Facial Recognition Database

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Over 117 million American adults are included in facial recognition databases used by law enforcement agencies, according to a new stud...

LAPD Spies On People With Its Tech Tools. Now The Attorney General Is Praising Its Digital Savvy?

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch traveled to Los Angeles on Wednesday to highlight the police department's efforts to foster a strong...

'I Feel Like A Despised Insect': Coming Of Age Under Surveillance In New York

The Intercept | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics

In the spring of last year, two New York women were arrested on charges of supporting ISIS, following a joint investigation by the New York Police Dep...

Cops Recording Your Every Move For 10 Weeks Doesn't Violate The Constitution

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled it is not unconstitutional for law enforcement to set up a camera on a public utility pole and record a suspec...

States Crack Down On Police 'Stingray' Tech That Can Intercept Your Texts

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 01.28.2016 | Technology

You might not realize it, but your text messages and phone calls could be intercepted by local police on the hunt for a suspect. This is a practice wi...

NYC To Appoint Civilian Monitor To Examine Police Surveillance

Reuters | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) - New York City's police department will install a civilian representative to help monitor its counterterrorism efforts as p...

Edward Snowden And Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson Had A Great Dialogue About Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson had a spirited discussion about their respective causes on Twitter Mon...

Police Surveillance and 'The Octopus'

Sally Lee | Posted 09.23.2016 | Black Voices
Sally Lee

I speak critically about policing with my young children not because I'm worried about them being singled out as black boys. I am free from not living with that particular terror, but terror is still there.

Surveillance Of Black Lives Matter Movement Recalls COINTELPRO

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On March 8, 1971, most Americans were fixated on their TV sets as Joe Frazier was about to dance with his nemesis Muhammad Ali in the ...

Matt Sledge

Cop Cams Will Change Policing. But Maybe Not The Way You Think. | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

Members of the Ferguson Police Department wear body cameras during a rally on Aug. 30, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Police in Ferguson were outfitted ...

Professor Says Elf On The Shelf Is Preparing Your Child To Live In A Dystopian Police State

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.19.2014 | Science

Philosopher and cultural theorist Michel Foucault warned of a future in which society is under constant surveillance. He used the "panopticon" -- a mo...

An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took A Picture Of This

James Prigoff | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
James Prigoff

A professional photographer taking a photo of a well-known Boston landmark is now considered to be engaged in suspicious terrorist activity?

Uncle Sam, Peeping and Listening to Us All

Donna Marie Williams | Posted 08.10.2013 | Chicago
Donna Marie Williams

In Chicago, on the South and West sides, police surveillance cameras, with their branded flashing blue lights, checkered borders and official insignia, have been peeping the activities of the citizenry from atop light poles since 2003.

Automated License Plate Readers Threaten Our Privacy

Peter Bibring | Posted 07.07.2013 | Los Angeles
Peter Bibring

Photographing a single license plate one time on a public city street may not seem problematic, but when that data is put into a database, combined with other scans of that same plate on other city streets, and stored forever, it can become very revealing.

License Plate Readers Hit The Big Time

Matt Sledge | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Matt Sledge

Hats off to Jon Campbell of the San Diego CityBeat for writing this incisive feature on how license plate recognition in cop cars offers the prospect ...

Alice Hines

FBI Monitored Occupy Wall Street As Potential Terrorist, Criminal Threat | Alice Hines | Posted 12.23.2012 | Business

According to internal documents newly released by the FBI, the agency spearheaded a nationwide law enforcement effort to investigate and monitor the O...

Warrant Requirement Past Due for Cell Phone Tracking

Leslie Harris | Posted 06.03.2012 | Technology
Leslie Harris

The ACLU notes that nearly all of the more than 200 police departments in their report said that they track cell phones; however, only a fraction of those departments get a warrant from a judge.

Police Surveillance Tactics Raise Privacy Concerns | Posted 04.01.2012 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance t...