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Video Analytics User Manuals Are a Guide to Dystopia

Video Analytics User Manuals Are a Guide to Dystopia

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare It Avigilon has a pair of algorithms that it uses to predict what it calls "unusual events." To learn more about Real-Time Crime Centers, read our latest report . Share ItToday, we’re pleased to announce , the newest edition and rebranding of our historic browser fingerprinting and tracker awareness tool Panopticlick. Cover Your Tracks picks up where Panopticlick left off. Panopticlick was about letting users know that browser fingerprinting was possible; Cover Your Tracks is about giving...San Francisco—The...

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Matthew Guariglia
Nov 19
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EFF Publishes New Research on Real-Time Crime Centers in the U.S.

EFF Publishes New Research on Real-Time Crime Centers in the U.S.

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItEFF opposes police Body Worn Cameras (), unless they come with strict safeguards to ensure they actually promote officer accountability without surveilling the public. Police already have surveillance technologies, and deploy them all too frequently against people of color and protesters. We have taken this...Black, white, or indigenous; well-resourced or indigent; San Francisco residents should be free to assemble and protest without fear of police surveillance technology or retribution. That should...

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Dave Maass
Nov 16
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How Police Fund Surveillance Technology is Part of the Problem

How Police Fund Surveillance Technology is Part of the Problem

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItWe're proud to announce a new updated version of in eight Latin American countries and Spain. For over a year, EFF has worked with partner organizations to develop detailed questions and answers (FAQs) around communications privacy laws. Our work builds upon previous and...’s second (Who Defends Your Data?) report on data privacy practices in Spain shows how Spain’s leading Internet and mobile app providers are making progress in being clear about how users' personal data is being protected. Providers are...

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Matthew Guariglia
Sep 23
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Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance

Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThis post was written by Summer 2020 Intern , a student at the Reynolds School of Journalism at University of Nevada, Reno. By clicking any point on the map, you will get the name of an agency and a description of the technology. If you toggle the interactive legend, you can see how each technology is spreading across the country. You can also search a simple-to-use text version of the database of all the research, including links to news articles or documents that confirm the existence of the technology in that...

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Dave Maass
Sep 17
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San Francisco Police Accessed Business District Camera Network to Spy on Protestors

San Francisco Police Accessed Business District Camera Network to Spy on Protestors

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItAn example of an Avigilon camera in San Francisco's Japantown.SFPD must immediately stop accessing special assessment district camera networks to indiscriminately spy on protestors.Share ItSan Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today joined a group of 17 leading U.S.-based Internet freedom organizations in telling a federal appeals court that Trump administration appointee Michael Pack has no legal authority to purge leadership at the (OTF), a private, independent nonprofit that helps...

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Matthew Guariglia
Jul 27
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California Agency Blocks Release of Police Use of Force and Surveillance Training, Claiming Copyright

California Agency Blocks Release of Police Use of Force and Surveillance Training, Claiming Copyright

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItIn June, people honor one of the key events that ushered the era of LGBTQIA+ Pride—Stonewall—during which Black and Brown trans and queer people led a . This year, Pride occurs during national and global protests over the continued murder of Black people...EFF has joined a coalition of civil rights, immigration, and criminal justice reform organizations to demand the California Department of Justice (CADOJ) place an immediate moratorium on the use of the state’s gang database, also known as CalGang. For...

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Dave Maass
Jun 25
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California Coalition Calls for Moratorium on State Gang Database

California Coalition Calls for Moratorium on State Gang Database

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItACLU of California Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic Urban Peace Institute Sammy Nunez - Gang Database Technical Advisory Committee Chair Marissa Montes – Gang Database Technical Advisory Committee Jeremy Thornton – Gang Database Technical Advisory Committee Paul Carrillo – Gang Database Technical Advisory Committee Michael Scaffidi – Gang Database Technical Advisory Committee 2nd Call Anti-Recidivism Coalition Asian Americans Advancing Justice - CA Asian Americans...

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Dave Maass
Jun 22
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California Privacy Advocates Sue Vallejo Over Cell-Site Simulator

California Privacy Advocates Sue Vallejo Over Cell-Site Simulator

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItAfter three years of organizing by a broad coalition of civil society organizations and community members, New York’s City Council has passed the with an overwhelming—and veto-proof—majority supporting this common-sense transparency measure. The POST Act’s long overdue passing came as part of a package of bills...Like law enforcement agencies across the country, the police in Fairfax, Virginia, use automated license plate readers (ALPRs) to indiscriminately scan and record every passing car. The ALPRs don’t...

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Dave Maass
Jun 18
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Digital Security Advice for Journalists Covering the Protests Against Police Violence

Digital Security Advice for Journalists Covering the Protests Against Police Violence

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThis guide is an overview of digital security considerations specific to journalists covering protests. For EFF’s comprehensive guide to digital security, including advice for activists and protesters, visit ssd.eff.org. Legal advice in this post is specific to the United States.As the international protests against police killings enter their third week, the public has been exposed to shocking videos of law enforcement wielding violence against not only demonstrators, but also the journalists who are tasked with...

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Dave Maass
Jun 9
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California Cops Can No Longer Pass the Cost of Digital Redaction onto Public Records Requesters

California Cops Can No Longer Pass the Cost of Digital Redaction onto Public Records Requesters

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItSan Francisco - A team of researchers who want to develop a machine learning platform to help analyze and detect any patterns of bias in California parole-suitability decisions has been blocked for years by the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). In a lawsuit filed today by the Electronic...A team of researchers who want to develop a machine learning platform to help analyze and detect any patterns of bias in California parole-suitability decisions has been blocked for years by the...

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Dave Maass
Jun 1
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The Foilies 2020

The Foilies 2020

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItCourtesy of the National Security ArchiveShare ItCalling all transparency advocates, investigative journalists, and assorted FOIA punks! It’s once again time to submit your nominations for —EFF’s annual, tongue-in-cheek awards for outrageous, ridiculous, and infuriating responses to public records requests. Each year during Sunshine Week (March 15-21, 2020), EFF publishes The Foilies to shine light...Recognizing the year’s worst in government transparency The cause of government transparency finally broke through...

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Dave Maass
Mar 15
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California Auditor Releases Damning Report About Law Enforcement’s Use of Automated License Plate Readers

California Auditor Releases Damning Report About Law Enforcement’s Use of Automated License Plate Readers

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare It California police and sheriffs are failing to protect the privacy of drivers on city streets, the California State Auditor’s office determined after a seven-month investigation into the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by the Los Angeles Police Department and three other local law enforcement agencies. California State Senator Scott Wiener sponsored the State Auditor’s report.The auditor raised a long list of concerns, including fundamental problems with police ALPR policies, failure to conduct...

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Dave Maass
Feb 13
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