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ICE uses data brokers to bypass surveillance restrictions, report finds

A new study from Georgetown Law finds that the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency has created a vast surveillance apparatus by combining...

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Government surveillance, Elon Musk, and free speech, with EFF executive director Cindy Cohn

On the frontier of fighting the NSA, combatting censorship, and holding platforms like Apple, Meta, and Google accountable. Plus, the Elon Musk and...

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Democrats unveil bill to ban online ‘surveillance advertising’

Democrats introduced a new bill, The Banning Surveillance Advertising Act, that would ban nearly all use of digital advertising targeting on ad...

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Worried that someone is spying on you using your smartphone? Follow these simple steps to stay safe

These steps can help a user stay safe, but there’s no guarantee that they will protect you a 100 percent. It is better to consider yourself...

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Meta alerts 50,000 users to targeting by ‘surveillance-for-hire’ companies

Surveillance by spying groups targeted journalists and human rights activists around the world and was likened to the activities of NSO Group, a...

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US Treasury claims DJI assists Chinese surveillance of Uyghurs and blocks investments

On Thursday, the US Treasury put DJI on its Chinese Military-Industrial Complex list. It claimed the drone company assists in surveillance and...

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After decades of surveillance, Muslims struggle with how much to share online

An intense spying campaign after 9/11 has led to a chilling effect in Muslim communities — but a new generation is challenging that norm. Thirteen...

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Canon’s PowerShot PX is a home surveillance camera for happy memories

Canon’s new PowerShot PX is supposed to be a home surveillance camera that captures happy memories. It uses a mechanical pan-and-tilt mechanism and...

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Best Buy and Home Depot drop security cameras linked to Uyghur surveillance

Best Buy and Home Depot have promised to stop selling security cameras from brands whose parent companies have been linked to the Chinese...

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New US rules on spyware exports try to limit surveillance tech like Pegasus

The US Department of Commerce announced a new rule to prevent certain governments from obtaining rights-violating surveillance tech. The rule...

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US sanctions a Chinese facial recognition company with Silicon Valley funding

The US has sanctioned DeepGlint, a Chinese company backed by Silicon Valley investor Sequoia, for its involvement in human rights abuses. Its facial...

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Joe Biden signs order banning US investment in Chinese surveillance companies

President Joe Biden signed an executive order expanding a Trump-era ban on Americans investing in Chinese companies with purported ties to China’s...

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The EU is considering a ban on AI for mass surveillance and social credit scores

The European Union is considering new laws prohibiting the use of artificial intelligence for mass surveillance and social credit scores. This is...

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The unsettling surveillance of anti-Asian racism

The rise of assaults on the elderly, captured on security camera footage, raises questions about policing and what really keeps people safe. The...

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Amazon delivery drivers have to consent to AI surveillance in their vans or lose their jobs

Amazon delivery van drivers now have to sign "biometric consent" forms to continue working for the company. AI-powered cameras installed in...

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A hacker who exposed Verkada’s surveillance camera snafu has been raided

Tillie Kottmann, a 21-year-old hacker, has been raided by Swiss authorities and their devices seized, Bloomberg reports — days after helping to...

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Clearview’s facial recognition tech is illegal mass surveillance, Canada privacy commissioners say

Clearview AI’s facial recognition amounts to mass surveillance and the company should delete the faces of Canadians from its database, Canada’s...

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Amazon plans to install always-on surveillance cameras in its delivery vehicles

Amazon plans to install high-tech video cameras in its delivery vehicles in order to better monitor the behavior of drivers as they deliver packages,...

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EU strikes down key US data-sharing protocol, citing threat of mass surveillance

The European Court of Justice has invalidated the US-EU data-sharing protocol known as Privacy Shield, citing fears of mass surveillance by American...

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Palmer Luckey’s surveillance startup Anduril signs contract for ‘virtual border wall’

US Customs and Border Protection has awarded a contract to Oculus founder Palmer Luckey’s defense startup Anduril for AI sentry towers along the...

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Gulf states using COVID-19 contact tracing apps as mass surveillance tools, report says

A new study analyzing COVID-19 contact tracing apps conducted by Amnesty International has found that Bahrain and Kuwait are using their public...

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Senate passes surveillance bill without ban on web history snooping

The Senate has passed the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act, a warrantless surveillance bill that includes an amendment expanding oversight but not a...

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Damien Patton, founder of surveillance startup Banjo, has a secret racist past

Damien Patton, the founder of Banjo, was a Nazi as a teenager, running with groups like the Dixie Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. It raises questions...

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Judge dismisses Twitter lawsuit that sought to reveal government surveillance requests

A federal judge has ruled that Twitter can’t reveal surveillance requests it received from the US government, putting an end to legal battle that...

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Lawsuit fights new Baltimore aerial surveillance program

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed on behalf of Baltimore activists to stop the launch of Persistent Surveillance Systems’ Aerial...

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Congress postponed a vote to extend Patriot Act surveillance programs

The House Judiciary Committee has postponed a vote on a reauthorization of domestic surveillance programs under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance...

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‘Black Book’ suggests the feds have some unexpected surveillance tools, including a gravestone camera

VICE published an article today about a company, Special Services Group, that sells surveillance tools built into everyday objects like a vacuum...

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