In just the latest evidence that the drug war is the primary driver of the surveillance state in the US, we've recently learned that the nation's federal law enforcement agency tasked with fighting the war on drugs was sucking up billions of records of our communications long before the NSA started doing it.
A class action lawsuit against Facebook says the data-hungry social media giant violated the Illinois Biometrics Information Privacy Act when it created the world’s largest face-print database without informing users of exactly how their images would be used or obtaining written consent to perform biometric searches on them.
You might have read lately that elementary, middle, and high school administrators are using high-tech tools to track and monitor students as they move through public school systems. But that tracking doesn't end when students graduate high school, if they go on to university.
I was on Radio Boston yesterday discussing the Massachusetts after-action report on the law enforcement response to the Boston Marathon bombings and the strange events that occurred later that week.
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This Sunday I'm giving a talk about surveillance and the Olympics. Details below. The event is free and open to the public.
WHEN: Sunday, April 5, 11 AM
FBI officials release images of the Tsarnaev brothers to the public in a press conference at 5:30PM on Thursday, April 18, 2013, four days after the bombings. This screencap was introduced into evidence by the DOJ in US v. Tsarnaev.