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Police Surveillance

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

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.18.2014 | Science

Philosopher and cultural theorist Michel Foucault warned of a future in which society is under constant surveillance, using the "panopticon" -- a mode...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

nytimes.com | 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...