Privacy Matters

Are cops using biometrics in your city or town? Let's find out!

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Boston-based public records gurus MuckRock have teamed up to conduct a crowd-sourced survey of US police departments' biometric surveillance systems. You can participate by filling out your own request, seeking information about biometric monitoring in your city or town.

NYPD sergeants' union crowdsources broken windows by asking off-duty officers to submit photos of homeless

NYPD officers aren't allowed to take photos of the public while on the job, so a union representing 12,000 NYPD sergeants has instructed them to do so while commuting to and from work. The president of the union, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, asked officers in a recent memo to submit photos of "the homeless lying in our streets, aggressive panhandlers, people urinating in public or engaging in open-air drug activity, and quality of life offenses of every type" to its office.

We love lawsuits, but we shouldn’t have had to file this one

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The information war in Mexico: journalists murdered, citizens monitored

Demonstrators protest the murders of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa, activist Nadia Vera, and three others. August 2, 2015. Photo credit.

"The master's laws will never destroy the master's system of white supremacy."

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CIA and DHS won't confirm or deny whether they monitor Public Intelligence website

Neither the CIA nor the Department of Homeland Security will confirm or deny whether their government agents monitor the website Public Intelligence, invoking what's called the 'Glomar response'. The website, which posts regular updates about military and police actions and sensitive government documents, is a treasure trove of information about government spying.

ACLU petitions Supreme Court to decide whether cops can track our phones without warrants

Do the police need to get a warrant before obtaining large quantities of information from our cell phone providers, showing where we've been and when? It depends on where you live. If the Supreme Court decides to hear the ACLU's petition in Davis v. United States, the rule might become consistent nationwide.

VIDEO: Plainclothes Medford police detective threatens to "blow a hole" through man's head

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