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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...

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Stalkerware: A Growing Threat of Technology-Facilitated Violence

The Citizen Lab, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, released a report highlighting the growing threat of technology-facilitated violence. In a two-part series, the watchdog group provides insights into some of the most concerning manifestations of privacy violations via intimate partner surveillance...

Southern Border Security: Blueprint for Operational Control

Today in Texas, U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul will release his new “Blueprint for Southern Border Security.” As posted by Dane Schiller of “Chron” (Houston Chronicle) today, McCaul will visit Houston and Austin to unveil the new plan. What Chairman McCaul brings to this iteration of...

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...

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...

FISC Judges Worry About Increased Workload from FISA

When it comes to applying limitations to intelligence gathering operations, it’s seen as the responsibility of the political branches of the United States to decide the legal requirements within the bounds of the Constitution. With this in mind, John D. Bates, Director of the Administrative Office of the United States...

Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?

The New America Foundation released this morning a report that poses, and seeks to answer, one of today’s most popular questions related to federal surveillance programs: “Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?” The report analyzed 225 individuals recruited by al-Qaida or like-minded groups, and charged in the U.S. with...

Police Intelligence Gathering Practices Threaten National Security and Civil Liberties: A Brennan Center for Justice Report

The Brennan Center’s newest report of the National Security and Local Police survey blows the whistle on local police information gathering and surveillance activities in the United States. The Brennan Center for Justice, a branch of New York University School of Law, concluded that “police intelligence gathering lacks standards, and...

HSDL Adds New Reports on Drone Strikes

The HSDL has recently added to its collection new reports on US drone strikes in the Middle East, focusing on Pakistan and Yemen.  The reports explore the legality of drone strikes in these areas, as many of them were found to have killed civilians rather than members of terrorist organizations....