Matthew Guariglia
Matthew Guariglia
Matthew Guariglia is a policy analyst working on issues of surveillance and privacy at the local, state, and federal level. He received a PhD in history at the University of Connecticut where his research focused on the intersection of race, immigration, U.S. imperialism, and policing in New York City. He is a frequent contributor to the Freedom of Information-centered outlet Muckrock and his bylines have also appeared in the Washington Post, Slate, and Motherboard.Source
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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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Police Will Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Police Will Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

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...One bad privacy idea that won’t die is the so-called “data dividend,” which imagines a world where companies have to pay you in order to use your data. Sound too good to be true? It is. Let’s be clear:...

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Members of Congress Join the Fight for Protest Surveillance Transparency

Members of Congress Join the Fight for Protest Surveillance Transparency

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItSan Francisco—Local activists San Francisco today over the city police department’s illegal use of a network of more than 400 non-city surveillance cameras to spy on them and thousands of others who protested as part of the Black-led movement against police violence.The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the...The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) conducted mass surveillance of protesters at the end of May and in early June using a downtown business district's camera network, according to new...

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Matthew Guariglia
Oct 20
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Judge Upends Vallejo’s Use of a Stingray

Judge Upends Vallejo’s Use of a Stingray

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItUpdate (9/30/20): EFF submitted a to extend the comment deadline by 30 days since federal agencies must generally provide the public a 60-day comment period. If the extension is granted, we will update this page accordingly. We need your help. On September 11, 2020...Law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local level are spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on surveillance technology in order to track, locate, watch, and listen to people in the United States, often targeting...

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Tell the Department of Homeland Security: Stop Collecting DNA and other Biometrics

Tell the Department of Homeland Security: Stop Collecting DNA and other Biometrics

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWe need your help. On September 11, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) its intention to significantly expand both the number of people required to submit biometrics during routine immigration applications and the types of biometrics that individuals must surrender. This new rule will apply to immigrants and U.S. citizens alike, and to people of all ages, including, for the first time, children under the age of 14. It would nearly double the number of people from whom DHS would collect biometrics each...

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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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Sep 23
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Things to Know Before Your Neighborhood Installs an Automated License Plate Reader

Things to Know Before Your Neighborhood Installs an Automated License Plate Reader

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItLike all machines, ALPRs make mistakesALPRs do, however, present a host of other potential problems for people who live, work, or commute in a surveilled area. Like all machines, ALPRs make mistakes. And these mistakes can endanger people’s lives and physical safety. For example, an ALPR might erroneously conclude that a passing car’s license plate matches the plate of a car on a hotlist of stolen cars. This can lead police to stop the car and detain the motorists. As we know, these encounters can turn violent or...

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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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EFF and 45 Human Rights and Civil Liberties Groups Condemn Federal Law Enforcement Actions Against Protesters in Portland

EFF and 45 Human Rights and Civil Liberties Groups Condemn Federal Law Enforcement Actions Against Protesters in Portland

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare 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 hundreds...Recently, nearly every week brings a new effort to undercut or overhaul a key U.S. law—47 U.S.C. § 230 (“Section 230”)—that protects online services and allows Internet users to...

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Matthew Guariglia
Jul 24
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Now Is The Time: Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition

Now Is The Time: Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItThe Brazilian Senate is scheduled to make its on the most recent version of “” the so-called “Fake News” bill. This new version, supposedly aimed at safety and curbing “malicious coordinated actions'' by users of social networks and private messaging apps, will allow the...The push to minimize the government’s power to track and spy on people with surveillance technology has picked up steam as the Black-led movement against racism and police brutality continues to push politicians to reconsider the role...

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Matthew Guariglia
Jun 29
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Victory! Boston Bans Government Use of Face Surveillance

Victory! Boston Bans Government Use of Face Surveillance

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItDespite widespread complaints about its effects on free expression and privacy, Brazilian Congress is moving forward in its attempts to hastily approve a . We've already about some of the most concerning issues in previous proposals, but the released this week is...Keeping the internet open, free, and secure requires eternal vigilance and the constant cooperation of freedom defenders all over the web and the world. Over the past eight years, the (OTF) has fostered a global community and provided...

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Matthew Guariglia
Jun 24
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IBM, Amazon Agree to Step Back From Face Recognition. Where Is Microsoft?

IBM, Amazon Agree to Step Back From Face Recognition. Where Is Microsoft?

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItFace recognition isn't the only problematic tool tech companies offer to police. Though Amazon has pressed pause on offering Rekognition to police, Amazon-owned Ring, the "smart doorbell" and camera company, . These partnerships allow police to make batch-requests for footage via email to every resident with a camera within an area of interest to police—potentially giving police a one-step process for requesting footage of protests to identify protestors. These partnerships intensify suspicion, help police racially...

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Matthew Guariglia
Jun 11
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Amazon Ring Must End Its Dangerous Partnerships With Police

Amazon Ring Must End Its Dangerous Partnerships With Police

Across the United States, people are taking to the street to protest racist police violence, including the tragic police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. This is a historic moment of reckoning for law enforcement. Technology companies, too, must rethink how the tools they design and sell to police departments minimize accountability and exacerbate injustice. Even worse, some companies profit directly from exploiting irrational fears of crime that all too often feed the flames of police brutality. So we’re calling on Amazon Ring, one of the worst offenders, to immediately end...

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Matthew Guariglia
Jun 10
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How to Identify Visible (and Invisible) Surveillance at Protests

How to Identify Visible (and Invisible) Surveillance at Protests

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItOfficers wearing new body cams for the first time. Source: Houston Police DepartmentPhoto by Mike Katz-Lacabe (CC BY)Photo by Mike Katz-Lacabe (CC BY)A 'Mobile Utility Surveillance Tower' at San Diego Comic-Con and a mobile surveillance pole in New Orlean's French QuarterFace recognition in the field from a San Diego County presentationFresno Police Department's Real-time Crime Center. Source: Fresno PD Annual Report 2015Share ItYour phone is your life. It’s where you communicate, get your news, take pictures and...

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Matthew Guariglia
Jun 4
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EFF to UN Expert on Racial Discrimination: Mass Border Surveillance Hurts Vulnerable Communities

EFF to UN Expert on Racial Discrimination: Mass Border Surveillance Hurts Vulnerable Communities

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItIn a landmark decision, the German Constitutional Court that mass surveillance of telecommunications outside of Germany conducted on foreign nationals is . Thanks to the chief legal counsel, Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF), this a major victory for global civil liberties, but especially those that live and...EFF is proud to announce a new addition to our crack advisory board: security expert and scholar Tadayoshi Kohno. A professor at University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer...

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Matthew Guariglia
May 21
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Victory! German Mass Surveillance Abroad is Ruled Unconstitutional

Victory! German Mass Surveillance Abroad is Ruled Unconstitutional

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIn a landmark decision, the German Constitutional Court that mass surveillance of telecommunications outside of Germany conducted on foreign nationals is . Thanks to the chief legal counsel, Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF), this a major victory for global civil liberties, but especially those that live and work in Europe. Many will now be protected after lackluster 2016 surveillance reforms the surveillance on EU states and institutions for the purpose of “foreign policy and security,” and permitted the BND...

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Matthew Guariglia
May 19
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Using Drones to Fight COVID-19 is the Slipperiest of All Slopes

Using Drones to Fight COVID-19 is the Slipperiest of All Slopes

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItEFF strongly backs calls, including from California Senate Judiciary Chair , for Governor Gavin Newsom to ensure that his response to this crisis respects Californians’ constitutional right to privacy. We urge the California legislature and Governor Newsom to pass measures that would protect our privacy now, in the...On May 5, EFF is joining forces with other nonprofit groups and individuals everywhere for a global day of support called #. It's a direct response to the unprecedented community and societal...

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Matthew Guariglia
May 5
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The Dangers of COVID-19 Surveillance Proposals to the Future of Protest

The Dangers of COVID-19 Surveillance Proposals to the Future of Protest

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItMany of the new surveillance powers now sought by the government to address the COVID-19 crisis would harm our First Amendment rights for years to come. People will be chilled and deterred from speaking out, protesting in public places, and associating with like-minded advocates if they fear scrutiny from cameras, drones, face recognition, thermal imaging, and location trackers. It is all too easy for governments to redeploy the infrastructure of surveillance from pandemic containment to political spying. It won't...

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Matthew Guariglia
Apr 29
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Telling Police Where People With COVID-19 Live Erodes Public Health

Telling Police Where People With COVID-19 Live Erodes Public Health

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItTwitter greeted its users with a confusing notification this week. “The control you have over what information Twitter shares with its business partners has changed,” it said. The changes will “help Twitter continue operating as a free service,” it assured. But at what cost? What Changed? Twitter has changed what...As governments around the world continue to seek solutions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, companies are eager to sell their technology as a silver bullet to defeating the virus. The public...

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Matthew Guariglia
Apr 15
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Thermal Imaging Cameras are Still Dangerous Dragnet Surveillance Cameras

Thermal Imaging Cameras are Still Dangerous Dragnet Surveillance Cameras

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItTwitter greeted its users with a confusing notification this week. “The control you have over what information Twitter shares with its business partners has changed,” it said. The changes will “help Twitter continue operating as a free service,” it assured. But at what cost? What Changed? Twitter has changed what...Google buying another tech company isn’t new. But Google’s poses an extraordinary threat to competition and user privacy. Users face having their Fitbit information added to Google’s already...

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Matthew Guariglia
Apr 7
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Tattoo Recognition Score Card: How Institutions Handled Unethical Biometric Surveillance Dataset

Tattoo Recognition Score Card: How Institutions Handled Unethical Biometric Surveillance Dataset

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItNo response to our request Center for Data InnovationNo response to our request St. Louis Crime Strategies Unit, St. Louis Circuit Attorney's OfficeStanford could find no remaining evidence of the dataset and the Research Compliance Office (RCO) was informed of our letter. Share ItIn the current moment, governments may be tempted to funnel scarce public health resources into the use of face recognition to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Public health crises, especially a global pandemic, in favor of the public...

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Matthew Guariglia
Mar 17
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Face Surveillance Is Not the Solution to the COVID-19 Crisis

Face Surveillance Is Not the Solution to the COVID-19 Crisis

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItTell your elected officials to ban government use of face recognitionShare ItA greater portion of the world’s work, organizing, and care-giving is moving onto digital platforms and tools that facilitate connection and productivity: video conferencing, messaging apps, healthcare and educational platforms, and more. It’s important to be aware of the ways these tools may impact your digital privacy and security during..."Google will never sell any personal information to third parties; and you get to decide how your...

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Matthew Guariglia
Mar 20
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Protecting Civil Liberties During a Public Health Crisis

Protecting Civil Liberties During a Public Health Crisis

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItThis week, we filed an in a arguing that the Fourth Amendment prohibits the police from surreptitiously collecting our DNA without a warrant. This case is one of the first to challenge the collection of DNA from a free person after results of...A data privacy bill in Washington State has gained momentum. The bill, (also known as the Washington Privacy Act, or WPA), has received widespread support from big tech . It’s no wonder they like it because, as currently written, the WPA would be a weak,...

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Mar 10
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What to Know Before You Buy or Install Your Amazon Ring Camera

What to Know Before You Buy or Install Your Amazon Ring Camera

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItSo, you own or are thinking of buying a Ring camera. This post outlines a list of privacy and civil liberties concerns we have with Amazon’s Ring system so that you can be a more informed consumer, or—if you already own a Ring camera—be a more considerate neighbor.Your Ring footage isn’t private. It’s . That means that you are not the only one with access to your footage. Think about all of the personal events cameras inside and outside of your home will capture. Do you want strangers being able to learn your...

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Matthew Guariglia
Feb 13
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