A Florida judge earlier this month found merit in the argument that automated license plate readers (ALPR, also known as ANPR) might violate state privacy laws. The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a group that seeks to limit the power of administrative agencies, sued the city of Coral Gables on behalf Raul Mas Canosa, a motorist who was tracked by the city’s cameras. Read the full article at TheNewspaper.com.
A bill introduced in the U.S. House would create a real-time national driver surveillance program that would allow law enforcement to know anything and everything about a driver at the click of a button. But even if the bill never goes anywhere, the transportation surveillance system is already built – and growing. View on YouTube
Google’s new Nest Hub Max is a smart display unit that comes equipped with a 6.5-megapixel facial recognition camera that identifies you and monitors all your actions – inside your own home. And the Orwellian icing on the cake is that it is not equipped with a physical shutter to forcibly prevent it from monitoring what’s happening in your home. Read the full article at ZeroHedge.
The automobile club recommends that governments increase use of red light cameras directly supervised by authorities in order to boost enforcement where needed and not to raise revenue. Read the full article at NBCDFW.
On August 8th, a federal appeals court rejected Facebook’s call to undo a lawsuit that indicated the social media giant has been collecting and storing unauthorized biometric facial data of millions of users without their expressed consent. Read the full article by Subverse at Minds.
From 2003: Face recognition systems in public places, however, are a matter for serious concern. The issue recently came to broad public attention when it emerged that fans attending the Super Bowl had unknowingly been matched against a database of alleged criminals, and when the city of Tampa deployed a face-recognition system in the nightlife district of Ybor City. But current and proposed uses of face recognition are much more widespread, as the resources at the end of this article demonstrate in detail.
An ordinance to allow the Michigan City Police Department to purchase license plate reader technology, including facial recognition capability, was killed Tuesday after several concerned citizens spoke against it during a public hearing. Read the full article at Herald-Argus.