$71 Million For More Cops; Not A Dime For Jobs And Healthcare

By Jacqueline Luqman, Therealnews.com -

In December last year, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at quote, combating violent crime and seven of America’s most [...]

Surveillance Self-Defense: Year In Review 2019

By Lindsay Oliver, Eff.org -

SSD is audited and updated on a rolling basis, as new information comes to light or instructions are no longer relevant or useful. Our team of security and surveillance experts review each piece [...]

Schools Are Using Facial Recognition To Try To Stop Shootings. Here’s Why They Should Think Twice.

By Rebecca Heilweil, Vox.com -

For years, the Denver public school system worked with Video Insight, a Houston-based video management software company that centralized the storage of video footage used across its campuses. So [...]

Democrats Sneak Patriot Act Extension In Through Bill To Fund Government

By India McKinney, Eff.org -

With federal agencies set to run out of money this week, House lawmakers today passed a short-term funding bill that contained a nasty surprise. Tucked into the end of this must-pass legislation, [...]

New Report On FBI Spying Shows Need For Congressional Investigation

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG. -

The first attempt to check the FBI political surveillance was in 1924. Harlan Fiske Stone read a report by the ACLU about the FBI doing political spying. He was so concerned by it, he made J [...]

Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches Of Travelers’ Phones And Laptops Unconstitutional

By Staff, Eff.org -

BOSTON—In a major victory for privacy rights at the border, a federal court in Boston ruled today that suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and [...]

‘Highly Disturbing’ Pentagon Document Shows US Military Surveilling Groups Protesting Family Separation

By Jake Johnson, Commondreams.org -

The U.S. military is reportedly surveilling rights groups and activists engaged in peaceful protests against both President Donald Trump's border wall and the separation of migrant children from [...]

Israeli Spyware: WhatsApp Hack Raises Global Fears

By Saikat Datta, Asiatimes.com -

In the middle of October this year, the world’s biggest messaging platform, WhatsApp, started sending out alerts to select users advising them that their security had been compromised. The [...]

Report: FBI Spying On Social Movements

By Staff, Rights and Dissent. -

The report exposes FBI political surveillance as systemic and part of a wider pattern of abuse, and documents how the FBI frequently cites its counterterrorism authorities when spying on [...]

Berkeley Becomes Fourth U.S. City To Ban Face Recognition In Unanimous Vote

By Tom McKay, Gizmodo.com -

Berkeley, California became the fourth U.S. city to pass a ban on all government use of facial recognition technology on Tuesday night following a unanimous yes vote by the City Council. Two [...]

Infrared Aerial Surveillance Used At Standing Rock To Monitor And Track Protesters

By Andrew Neef, Unicorn Riot -

For months, the North Dakota Highway Patrol flew daily surveillance flights over the protesters’ camps and used forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras to gather real-time geo-spatial [...]

TSA Is Testing Face Recognition At Airport Security Checkpoints In Las Vegas Now

By Catie Keck, Gizmodo.com By Sinéad Baker, Businessinsider.com -

American Airlines has started using facial recognition technology on passengers at boarding gates, part of a growing industry trend that airlines and airports say will make travelling faster and [...]

He Spent Years Infiltrating White Supremacist Groups. Here’s What He Has To Say About What’s Going On Now.

By Joe Sexton, Propublica.org -

Late in 2017, ProPublica began writing about a California white supremacist group called the Rise Above Movement. Its members had been involved in violent clashes at rallies in Charlottesville, [...]

Facial Recognition: Ten Reasons You Should Be Worried About The Technology

By Birgit Schippers, Theconversation.com -

Facial recognition technology is spreading fast. Already widespread in China, software that identifies people by comparing images of their faces against a database of records is now being adopted [...]

FBI’s Document: IRON FIST Focuses On ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Movement

By Ken Klippenstein, Tyt.com -

Under President Trump, the FBI’s official counterterrorism priorities have included “Black Identity Extremists,” “anti-authority” extremists, and “animal rights/environmental extremists,” [...]