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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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Police can keep Ring camera video forever and share with whomever they'd like

By BanTheCams.org on November 21, 2019

Police officers who download videos captured by homeowners’ Ring doorbell cameras can keep them forever and share them with whomever they’d like without providing evidence of a crime, the Amazon-owned firm told a lawmaker this month. More than 600 police forces across the country have entered into partnerships with the camera giant, allowing them to quickly request and download video recorded by Ring’s motion-detecting, Internet-connected cameras inside and around Americans’ homes.

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You're in a Police Lineup, Right Now

By BanTheCams.org on November 20, 2019

Face recognition technology is being used to unlock phones, clear customs, identify immigrants and solve crimes. In the Video Op-Ed above, Clare Garvie demands the United States government hit pause on face recognition. She argues that while this convenient technology may seem benign to those who feel they have nothing to hide, face recognition is something we should all fear. Police databases now feature the faces of nearly half of Americans — most of whom have no idea their image is there.

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