Privacy Matters

Former NSA director implies Snowden was right to leak Verizon court order

Huffington Post's Ali Watkins with the scoop: former NSA director Keith Alexander this morning told a Washington DC audience that Edward Snowden shouldn't have disclosed "millions" of documents to journalists, but suggested Snowden was justified in leaking the Verizon court order revealing the governme

Landmark California settlement limits solitary confinement statewide

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Chris Christie: Track foreign visitors to the United States like FedEx tracks packages

Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie said if elected he would model a system for tracking immigrants and foreign visitors to the United States on the package tracking system in place at FedEx. For Christie, fingerprinting, photographing, obsessively documenting, and taking iris scans from foreign visitors isn't enough.

New North Dakota law allows police to weaponize drones

Virginia police say they found killer using license plate reader

This morning, the nation was horrified to discover that a Virginia local news reporter was shot dead, along with her cameraman, on live television. Hours later police released the name of the man they suspected as the killer. This afternoon, apparently after a police chase, the suspected killer shot himself and died.

Colorado police "would love to" use face recognition technology in body camera systems

Police in Colorado say they would be happy to use face recognition technology in their body camera system, but would want to make sure communities support the move before doing so.

The biometrics industry website BiometricUpdate.com reports:

See some surveillance technology in your Boston hood? Add it to this crowdsourced map

For a few reasons, it's to date been impossible to create a map of surveillance cameras and other spy devices in Boston. For one thing, the City of Boston has previously refused to disclose to the ACLU the locations of its hundreds of networked surveillance cameras, many of which were purchased with DHS funds. Another complication is that many other agencies in the city have their own camera systems, including the MBTA and the Department of Transportation, to name just two.

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