A professor at the University of California Davis School of Law predicts Supreme Court justices will defend the First Amendment principles of free speech against government attempts to curb Internet abuses—even when those abuses involve promoting falsehoods online.
Facial recognition software has been in use for more than a decade. As it gets cheaper, retailers and many smaller police departments are eyeing it as a viable tool for targeting shoplifters; but how will privacy concerns be addressed?
Several technology companies are working with police departments to develop capability to add artificial intelligence to video surveillance and body cameras that could identify faces in real time, potentially expanding the reach of police surveillance. The body-camera technology is expected to be ready by the fall.
The CLOUD Act is an attempt to update an obsolete stored communications law that was passed in the 1980s before the World Wide Web existed. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky opposed the proposal as a violation of Americans’ privacy. He tweeted, “But guess what? Congress can’t vote to reject the CLOUD Act, because it just got stuck onto the Omnibus (spending bill), with no prior legislative action or review.”
As virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa become part of our lives, they also open up new threats to privacy. A researcher argues that both the First and Fourth Amendments should protect customers from unwarranted attempts to use virtual content as evidence.
A 25-minute recording left by Mark Conditt before he killed himself described seven explosive devices he had built, but did not offer a reason for his attacks. Investigators had been able to identify him using digital forensics–an example of how law enforcement has become more familiar with tracking technology and social media dynamics to protect the public.
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Persistent malfunctions in the electronic tracking devices worn by released Wisconsin inmates are prompting some experts in the state to question whether lifetime GPS monitoring is fair, effective, and worth the cost.
New Orleans has partnered with the Silicon Valley firm Palantir Technologies to identify people likely to commit gun violence or become a victim. The city has refused to disclose information on how the program works, including the computation of a police “gang member scorecard.”
The House and Senate have been working for months on legislation to deter the flourishing online sex trade, perhaps by amending a 1990s law that gives websites and other online businesses broad legal immunity for activity of their users.