June 17th, 2014

Alarm over license-plate readers

Denise Green (pictured), a 50-year-old Muni driver in San Francisco, was stunned when she was pulled over by San Francisco police and approached at gunpoint. Her car had been mistakenly identified as a stolen vehicle by an automatic license-plate reader the city had installed on its police cars.

As her lawsuit over the incident goes to a civil trial this year, the use of license-plate readers has emerged as one of the biggest concerns among privacy advocates. And their scope is expanding.

Read our new investigation about how one firm’s efforts to fuse its license-plate data with facial recognition and public records could affect you. 

(Photo by Noah Berger for The Center for Investigative Reporting)

May 6th, 2014
Is an unmanned aircraft over your property infringing … your right to privacy? And I think that we as a government need to figure out, is there something unique about this technology that would cause us to treat it differently than the constitutional protections you already have?
April 25th, 2014

You are being watched.

Information about U.S. citizens is currently being collected at an unprecedented pace. Police are now using GPS data, facial recognition, biometrics, license-plate readers and other technology to improve surveillance efforts. Now, you’re easy to track, too.

Tune in to PBS NewsHour tonight for our in-depth look at these new tools – and what they mean for your privacy.

April 10th, 2014

Privacy concerns surround new local surveillance tech

For many, rapid changes in law enforcement technology – and the huge amount of data now collected and stored by local police, private companies and governments – raise troubling questions. 

Reporter Ali Winston looks at emerging tools for local surveillance and the privacy concerns they raise on KQED.

(Photo: Officer Rob Halverson of the Chula Vista police verifies the identity of a woman just arrested for possession of narcotics with facial recognition software.)

March 15th, 2014
We found that phone metadata is unambiguously sensitive, even in a small population and over a short time window.

Stanford researchers Jonathan Mayer and Patrick Mutchler on the information that can be inferred from your phone’s metadata. 

Read their new study here.

March 5th, 2014
February 19th, 2014
November 7th, 2013

Hey Tumblr, how concerned are you about this? 

In the future, your face could be the only ID you need.

A little-known pilot program is putting facial recognition technology in the hands of law enforcement. For some, it represents a radical milestone in militarization on U.S. soil. 

Read our latest investigation to find out how it’s playing out in San Diego

October 1st, 2013

It doesn’t take a top-secret government spy agency armed with the latest surveillance gear to gather information about you.

Every day, companies are gathering and sharing information about you, even when you aren’t logged in.

Find out who collects that data and how it can be used against you in our new animated video.

Want to learn more? http://ow.ly/ppdFu

July 22nd, 2013
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