privacy

Virginia Court Rules License Plate Tracking Doesn’t Violate Privacy

By Michael Maharrey The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that a police department’s use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) does not violate state privacy laws. In effect, the ruling will allow law enforcement agencies in Virginia to indefinitely keep data from automated license plate readers, including a record of the time and place where…

In Blow to Online Privacy EU Seizes on Vienna Attack to Enact Long-Desired Ban on Encryption

The European Union is rushing through new legislation to get rid of end-to-end digital encryption. This would mean the end of privacy for users of popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal. A European Council draft resolution on encryption quietly published on Friday afternoon lays out the EU’s Orwellian position in detail. “The European Union fully…

The Privacy Implications Of Using Police Drones To Respond to 911 Calls

By MassPrivateI During the Trump administration, we have seen police lying about public surveillance become an art form. A perfect example of this, is police drone acquisitions and their justification for using them. Last year, when I wrote an article exposing how the Memorial Villages Police Department (PD) in Texas misrepresented how they planned to use…

Clearview’s Faceprinting is Not Sheltered from Biometric Privacy Litigation by the First Amendment

By Adam Schwartz and Andrew Crocker Clearview AI extracts faceprints from billions of people, without their consent, and uses these faceprints to offer a service to law enforcement agencies seeking to identify suspects in photos. Following an exposé by the New York Times this past January, Clearview faces more than ten lawsuits, including one brought…

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use

Claim: Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode. The lawsuit seeks at least $5…