Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

St. Louis County police said they have spent around $100,000 stocking up on riot gear and other items they may need if protests turn violent after prosecutors announce whether a Ferguson officer will face criminal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
“And CNN reports that citizens are also preparing for the grand jury ruling: gun sales are up in St. Louis.

A state grand jury has been meeting since shortly after Brown, who was 18 and black, was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, on Aug. 9. Brown was unarmed and some witnesses said he was trying to surrender. Wilson’s attorneys have repeatedly declined comment.

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A new law in Massachusetts makes insurers list the price for health care services. Patients can go to an online program to determine where to get the most affordable medical care, like an MRI for example. Differences are up to 5x more from location to location.

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Sen. Al Franken says Sen. Ted Cruz ‘s comparison of net neutrality as ‘Obamacare for internet’ is completely wrong.

Al Franken’s speech from four year’s ago on net neutrality is still relevant. The heart of it is around 11:30.

Franken made a PSA earlier this year explaining net neutrality. He’s been fighting for four years.

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“There’s no perfect system out there. So take what’s available, many (police agencies) are already doing this – I don’t hear complaints from them. Let’s go do it,” NAACP Austin’s Nelson Linder told KXAN.

During the 2011 Texas Relays, Austin Police tried out seven types of body cameras, records show. It was decided potential cost (between $800 and $2500 per unit) and other issues such as video storage, unit battery life and reliability warranted more study.

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In a historic change, city cops on Nov. 19 will stop arresting people on low-level marijuana charges and issue them tickets instead, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Monday.

People caught smoking on the street would still wind up in the pokey, however, but someone caught with less than 25 grams of marijuana would be slapped with a noncriminal violation. “As for those who want to avoid summonses, don’t do it; it’s that simple,” Bratton said at a press conference at NYPD headquarters, holding up a baggie of oregano as a visual aid. “It’s still against the law. I’m not giving out get-out-of-jail-for-free cards.”

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