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You have a right to privacy. How about when you are driving around Manhattan? Maybe not. On January 7, 2014, the New York Civil Liberties Union sent the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York City Department of Transportation and the NYPD formal legal requests for information on how they use E-ZPass readers to track and record New Yorkers’ movements. The request was filed after several recent press reports documented the use of E-ZPass readers to collect information on law-abiding New Yorkers far from toll plazas. “New Yorkers have a right to know […]

Michigan based Illuminating Concepts has begun testing their Intellistreets system on the streets of Las Vegas. The system is entirely adaptable. The lights are currently being tested in Las Vegas but they could soon be positioned on public streets throughout the city. They look like ordinary street poles but they’re actually capable of a wide variety of features from playing music, to broadcasting messages via voice and digital display. It’s all controlled by an Ipad or a similar-type of device. “Actually, there’s a server that’s housed by the company that’s providing this product and we’re […]

The Glendale Unified School District in California has hired Geo Listening to monitor its middle and high school students’ social media posts both during the school day and after. Under the banner of school and student safety, the district intends to monitor its students’ actions. Chris Frydrych, the CEO of Geo Listening said, “We have provided information to school districts, which has led to numerous successful interventions on behalf of students that intended self-harm, suicide, bullying, truancy, substance abuse, and vandalism. We monitor only public posts to social networks. We do not monitor privatized pages, […]

WFLA-TV News Channel 8 If there is no hit in the database, why is it necessary to keep the data at all? The cameras only snap photos of license plates, not your faces. But the ACLU has some serious privacy concerns. They’re worried these cameras could be misused to track people’s movements. In a recent report, the ACLU said these cameras store vast amounts of data on innocent people. The group is concerned about the length of time the data is stored. The ACLU also commented that the cameras pose a risk to people’s privacy since it […]

From MSNBC: John Shiffman, Reuters enterprise correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about revelations that a federal DEA agency is sharing data collected for anti-terror purposes with local law enforcement for use in drug and other non-terror investigations. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “What if the American people haven’t much cared about or maybe have even approved of something the government was doing because we thought it was for fighting terrorism, but instead it’s not?” she remarked. “Something everyone is a little squeamish about but basically OK with because […]

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