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Advances in Machine Learning Set the Stage for Increasing Robotic Surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report on the emerging shift toward robotic surveillance and analytics, the nature of this technology, and the privacy infringement potential that will accompany this change. This report, The Dawn of Robot Surveillance: AI, Video Analytics, and Privacy, first highlights the reasons why...

Digital Economics of Cybersecurity: Privacy vs. Growth

The President’s National Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity has released a new publication titled “Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy“. The Commission was established in February 2016 under Executive Order 13718 with the mandate of  enhancing cybersecurity in a way that not only cultivates new technology but also protects...

President Obama Unveils New Cyber Security Initiatives

“If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected.” – President Barack Obama   Yesterday, President Barack Obama gave the first in a series of three subsequent speeches rolling out the administration’s efforts to strengthen cyber security and promote individual privacy.  (President Obama’s remarks are available in...

Enforcing Privacy Through Transparency: The Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office’s 2014 Annual Report to Congress

The safeguarding of personal privacy is a topic of concern for many Americans. As stipulated in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Department of Homeland Security‘s (DHS) Chief Privacy Officer is responsible with ensuring that privacy concerns and measures are incorporated into the activities of the DHS. At the...

Review Board Defends Information Collection under FISA Section 702

The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB or ‘the Board’) released yesterday a report on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance and collection activities conducted under Section 702 of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978). In 2013, following the disclosure of classified information by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Board was...

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Requires Search Warrant for Cell Phones

What constitutes an individual’s “right to privacy” in the digital realm has become a topic of heated debate across the U.S. Following the reveal of government programs that monitor, record, and store Americans’ digital communications, there has been a widespread demand to strengthen laws that protect rights to privacy, both online and...

“Malvertising”: The Hidden Hazards to Consumers’ Online Security and Data Privacy

Today the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on “Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy.” The hearing, and accompanying investigation report, focused specifically on online advertising and the “data collection processes and security vulnerabilities...

Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United States

In 2013, Edward Snowden brought to light the extent of government surveillance in the United States, exposing everything from the collection, storage, and analysis of Americans’ private emails, phone calls, and text messages by intelligence agencies nationwide. Outraged, the public called for the protection of their First and Fourth Amendment...