Although we can’t be sure, we have a hunch the secret search warrants are related to the Inauguration Day protests.
Andrew Crocker and Nate Cardozo, Electronic Frontier Foundation: Here’s How We’re Fighting Back Against “Secret” Search Warrants
Although we can’t be sure, we have a hunch the secret search warrants are related to the J20 protests. On January 20, the day of President Trump’s inauguration, police in D.C. arrested hundreds of protesters, charging many with felony rioting. Over the last several months, the press has reported on the controversial and wide-ranging investigation into the protests, which apparently included police infiltration of planning meetings. Additionally, in late January, some defendants received notice from Facebook that their non-content account information had been subpoenaed by law enforcement. CONTINUE READING
Kate Conger, Gizmodo: Which Companies Are Standing Up to Government Surveillance of Your Data?
Want to know which companies stand up for user privacy and which ones will hand out your data when the government asks for it? The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s seventh annual “Who Has Your Back” report is out today, ranking tech companies on their privacy practices. CONTINUE READING
George Joseph, The Intercept: “Show Me Your Papers” Becomes “Open Your Eyes” as Border Sheriffs Expand Iris Surveillance
Iris recognition is just the latest surveillance technology helping fortify what the White House hopes will make up a “digital wall,” a concept that many border sheriffs view as less intrusive than Trump’s envisioned 30-foot barricade stretching from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, California. For law enforcement, the tool promises to help identify people without reliable fingerprints and to deter repeat border crossers. And for Biometric Intelligence and Identification Technologies, which frequently goes by BI2, rapid border expansion means its existing national iris database will receive a huge influx of biometric information on unauthorized immigrants, boosting its product’s capabilities to potential law enforcement clients across the country. CONTINUE READING