Some air marshals say the program has them tasked with shadowing travelers who appear to pose no real threat, such as a businesswoman who happened to have traveled through a Mideast hot spot, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant, and a fellow federal law enforcement officer.
Facial recognition technology made by Amazon that is being used by some police departments and other organizations incorrectly matched 28 members of Congress with people who had been charged with a crime, says the American Civil Liberties Union.
This month’s decision requiring police to obtain a warrant for cellphone data represented the opening stage of a legal movement to protect Americans’ privacy from big-data surveillance technologies, says law professor Andrew Guthrie Ferguson. But future digital tests are still to come.
Americans have won a “ground breaking” victory for privacy rights in the digital age, thanks to last week’s Supreme Court decision requiring police to seek a warrant in most cases to access cell phone data, according to a privacy expert with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Could low-cost, multipronged testing of innovative ideas—a strategy that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has used with stellar success—fix our justice system? NYU Prof. Angela Hawken has pioneered a public policy app that, she tells the “New Thinking” podcast, will prove it can.
A new data tool called Raheem.AI that enables community residents to monitor and report police conduct anonymously and in real time will soon get its first tryout in Oakland, Ca. Developer Brandon Anderson believes it can save lives.
A new, automated DNA testing tool, which speeds up the time it takes to analyze crime scene samples, is welcomed by law enforcement and supported by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The ACLU says it’s equivalent to a “nuclear bomb” aimed at privacy rights—and is unnecessary.
Technology used responsibly and benignly by one nation or agency can be used for sinister purposes by another. The Economist examines the promise and the dangers of new technologies, focusing on areas where technology is radically changing how the justice system operates.
Police now have access to a broad expanse of databases detailing information on individuals, but there are few limitations on how they can obtain or use this information, according to a forthcoming study in the Iowa Law Review.