Policy

Commerce to Ban U.S. Business Involvement with Forced Labor, Detention Camps in China

A new rule will deny most export licenses to 11 companies implicated in human rights violations of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China.

Ideas

Facial Recognition Is Here But We Have No Laws

Without legal safeguards, this technology will undermine democratic values and fundamental rights.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Federal Use of Facial Recognition Tech

If passed, federal agencies would not be able to run, fund, purchase or otherwise use data from facial biometric systems without congressional authorization.

Ideas

Domestic Abusers Use Tech that Connects as a Weapon During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Left unchecked, violence against women and girls can increase in frequency and severity and damage victims’ physical and mental health. I

Emerging Tech

Police Ties to Ring Home Surveillance Come Under Scrutiny

Many law enforcement agencies have been adopting a less sophisticated system of camera registries based on information volunteered by residents.

Emerging Tech

Policing Reform Bill Would Prohibit Embedding Facial Recognition in Body Cameras

The Justice in Policing Act contains several restrictions on the use of facial biometric technologies for federal, state and local law enforcement.

Data

Lawmakers Want To Know Why DHS Used Drones To Surveil Protestors

Congress continues to seek answers from federal agencies regarding their response to nationwide protests.

CIO Briefing

Lawmakers Seek Answers From FBI, DHS on Protest Involvement

The House Committee on Homeland Security also wants to know how many personnel the agencies dispatched to address the protests.

Emerging Tech

Did That Drone Just Tell Us to Stay 6 Feet Apart?

At least 40 law enforcement agencies across the country have used drones in the past few months for coronavirus-related purposes.

Emerging Tech

Senator Wants Details on Clearview AI’s Contact Tracing Pitches

Sen. Ed Markey wrote a letter to the controversial startup asking about its plans to use facial recognition technology to track patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emerging Tech

Survey: 4 in 5 Americans Worried Pandemic Will Encourage Government Surveillance

Many Americans oppose intrusive technologies even if they’re intended to assist in the government’s response to coronavirus.

Cybersecurity

In RSA Showdown, Analyst Says U.S. Must Choose Between Surveillance and Security

The debate highlights how the Justice Department’s push for access to encrypted data could undermine the U.S. campaign against Huawei.

IT Modernization

App Tells You Who's Collecting Your Data and Why

Find out what internet of things devices around you may be tracking you.

Ideas

What Can Barnstormers Teach Us about Face Recognition? 

New technologies and a lack of regulation cause real and imagined problems. 

Cybersecurity

House Subcommittee Knocking at Amazon’s Door Over Ring Data

The chairman of a House Oversight panel wants a briefing with Amazon officials about the consumer security tool.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Working on Legislation to ‘Pause’ Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Details on the bill remain scarce, though lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday expressed interest in halting the use of facial recognition until the tech can be brought under control.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Demand Answers on Facial Recognition Deployments in Public Housing

In a letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, democrats from both chambers raised concerns about threats to residents’ privacy.

Data

NSA Data Storage Poses Risk to Civil Liberties, Watchdog Says

An audit conducted by the National Security Agency inspector general raises questions about the intelligence agency’s data retention policies.

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