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Police turn to car data to destroy suspects' alibis

By BanTheCams.org on December 30, 2020

They reveal everything from location, speed and acceleration to when doors were opened and closed, whether texts and calls were made while the cellphone was plugged into the infotainment system, as well as voice commands and web histories. But that boon for forensic investigators creates fear for privacy activists, who warn that the lack of information security baked into vehicles’ computers poses a risk to consumers and who call for safeguards to be put in place.

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Rep. Sabatini files bill again to abolish red-light cameras in Florida

By BanTheCams.org on December 8, 2020

Rep. Anthony Sabatini is trying again to turn off red-light traffic cameras with a bill he has filed in the Florida House for the legislative session that starts in March. Read the full article at Orlando Sentinel.

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Do we have a license to travel without being tracked?

By BanTheCams.org on September 14, 2020

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently allowed an indictment against a New Bedford man accused of dealing drugs to stand after his attorney challenged the charges based in part on the use of fixed cameras on the Bourne and Sagamore bridges. Some of us may have been, up to now, blissfully aware of the presence of such license plate readers, which time stamp digital photos of the license plates of every vehicle traveling to and from Cape Cod.

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Baltimore Police back pilot program for surveillance planes, reviving controversial program

By BanTheCams.org on December 25, 2019

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Friday he now supports a pilot program to fly three private surveillance planes over the city, reviving a controversial effort that had been shelved since it was revealed to have been used secretly three years ago. Read the full article at The Baltimore Sun.

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Experts Say Law Should Change to Stop DMVs From Selling Your Personal Data

By BanTheCams.org on December 25, 2019

On Friday, Motherboard reported that Departments of Motor Vehicles across the country are making tens of millions of dollars selling drivers’ personal information, including to private investigators who spy on people for a profit. The investigation, based on hundreds of pages of documents from DMVs obtained through public records requests, also showed that access to DMV data, which includes names, addresses, and other personal information, has been abused. Read the full article at VICE.

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The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers' Personal Information

By BanTheCams.org on December 25, 2019

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard. DMVs across the country are selling data that drivers are required to provide to the organization in order to obtain a license. This information includes names, physical addresses, and car registration information. California’s sales come from a state which generally scrutinizes privacy to a higher degree than the rest of the country.

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Senators introduce bipartisan bill restricting police use of facial recognition tech

By BanTheCams.org on November 21, 2019

Sens. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced a bipartisan bill Tuesday requiring law enforcement to obtain court orders to use facial recognition technology for surveillance. The Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act would limit surveillance warrants to 30 days and set rules to minimize the collection of information about individuals outside of the warrant’s scope. Read the full article at The Hill.

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Join EFF In Our Challenge to Ring Spokesperson Shaq Over Privacy Concerns

By BanTheCams.org on November 21, 2019

View on YouTube Share EFF’s “highlight videos” about how Ring’s law enforcement partnerships are endangering communities! You can help EFF dunk on surveillance by telling @Shaq to sit down with EFF’s privacy experts and learn more about how these Ring partnerships are #NothingButDragnet. Click below to tweet! Read the full article at The Electronic Fronteir Foundation.

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