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What Happens When Landlords Can Get Cheap Surveillance Software?

By BanTheCams.org on July 14, 2019

[A]s the technology has matured, it’s gotten in the hands of organizations that, five years ago, would never have been able to consider it. Small-town police departments can suddenly afford to conduct surveillance at a massive scale. Neighborhood homeowners associations and property managers are buying up cameras by the dozen. And in many jurisdictions, cheap automatic license plate reader (ALPR) cameras are creeping into neighborhoods – with almost nothing restricting how they’re used besides the surveiller’s own discretion….

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Florida's DMV Made $77 Million -- By Selling Off Personal Information

By BanTheCams.org on July 14, 2019

A Florida woman is blaming the state government for an onslaught of robocalls and direct mail offers â”- accusations that come as the Scripps station WFTS in Tampa uncovered that the DMV makes millions by selling Florida drivers’ personal information to outside companies, including marketing firms. WFTS I-Team Investigator Adam Walser obtained records showing the state sold information on Florida drivers and ID cardholders to more than 30 private companies, including marketing firms, bill collectors, insurance companies and data brokers in the business of reselling information.

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It's Time To Ban All Government Use of Face Recognition, Says Digital Rights Group

By BanTheCams.org on July 12, 2019

Fight for the Future, the digital rights advocacy group, is calling for a nationwide ban on government use of facial recognition. Fast Company reports: The group says the technology is just too dangerous to civil liberties to allow government agencies to use it, even with regulation. It launched a website where people can contact their legislators and urge them to support a ban. “Imagine if we could go back in time and prevent governments around the world from ever building nuclear or biological weapons.

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Arizona police agencies gather & share license plate data, but few ensure rules are being followed

By BanTheCams.org on July 12, 2019

As part of the training for the ALPR systems, Chandler officers are taught to “grid” neighborhoods during their downtime – systematically driving up and down every street in an area, indiscriminately scooping up information on vehicles – not because of any suspected criminal activity, but because the information might be useful in future criminal investigations. The practice is worrisome for civil liberties advocates, who view the sweeping data collection as too expansive.

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Florida Town Caught Misusing Red Light Camera Cash

By BanTheCams.org on July 10, 2019

Opa-Locka gave American Traffic Solutions (now Verra Mobility) the right to set up eight red light cameras to issue fully automated citations worth $158 each. Under state law, the city is supposed to transmit $83 from each ticket to the state Department of Revenue. Those payments are supposed to be made on a weekly basis, but the audit found this was not happening. Over eight years, Opa-Locka’s for-profit vendor gave the city $8.

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Obtained Records Show ICE Is Using ALPR Databases To Reconstruct Targets' Lives

By BanTheCams.org on July 9, 2019

ICE has full-blown access to license plate databases around the nation, as well as its own direct hookup to the largest ALPR database itself – the one compiled by ALPR manufacturer Vigilant. It places almost no restrictions on searches of these databases. Anything that somehow isn’t compliant can be farmed out to state and local agencies to perform searches by proxy. The ACLU has obtained records showing just how much access ICE has, and how often it performs searches.

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DeKalb allows police department to access private license plate readers

By BanTheCams.org on July 9, 2019

DeKalb police officers will soon tap into private license plate readers stationed in communities across the county. The county commission voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve an agreement with Flock Safety, an Atlanta-based company that markets itself as a crime-solving tool for neighborhoods. Read the full article at AJC.

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ICE Uses Facial Recognition To Sift State Driver's License Records, Researchers Say

By BanTheCams.org on July 8, 2019

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents mine millions of driver’s license photos for possible facial recognition matches – and some of those efforts target undocumented immigrants who have legally obtained driver’s licenses, according to researchers at Georgetown University Law Center, which obtained documents related to the searches. Federal agencies have not gotten congressional approval to use state DMV records as a massive database, says Alvaro Bedoya, the founding director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology.

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Racing toward a united state of speed cameras?

By BanTheCams.org on July 8, 2019

Consider a world in which you’re driving home from work on I-85, keeping up with traffic – not doing anything crazy, mind you – and then you arrive home only to get a text saying you owe the government a hundred bucks (or more) for a brand new speeding ticket. Or maybe you got more than one ticket because you passed speed enforcement cameras in several different jurisdictions. Read the full article at AJC.

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Frisco police shut off remaining red-light camera on Preston Road

By BanTheCams.org on July 8, 2019

Frisco’s last red-light camera on Preston Road and Gaylord Parkway has been shut off following the June 1 passage of House Bill 1631 into law, Frisco police Deputy Chief David Shilson said in a statement. Read the full article at Community Impact Newspaper.

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