Oakland: Stand Up for Community Control of Police Spy Tech

The Surveillance and Community Safety ordinance is straightforward: it requires essential transparency and accountability for all surveillance technology proposals. It thus it ensures the public has the opportunity to learn about the civil rights and civil liberties impact of surveillance technologies, and how they may…

Unanimous Support in Berkeley for Community Control of Spy Tech

Berkeley’s City Council voted unanimously this week to pass the Surveillance Technology and Community Safety Ordinance into law. (This is an earlier draft of the ordinance. We’ll update this link when the approved version is published.) Berkeley joins Santa Clara County (which adopted a similar…

AI cyber attacks and drones will undermine security

… consider the implications of superhuman hacking, surveillance, persuasion, and physical target … attacks.  The authors expect ‘novel’ cyber-attacks, such as automated hacking … consider the implications of superhuman hacking, surveillance, persuasion, and physical target … VISIT THE SOURCE ARTICLE AI cyber attacks and drones…

UK’s Investigatory Powers Act Ruled Unlawful by Court

A United Kingdom law known as the Investigatory Powers Act, which authorizes mass surveillance, was recently ruled to be unlawful by the Court of Appeals in London. The Investigatory Powers Act is popularly known as the Snoopers Charter. The ruling from the three judge panel…

Newly Released Surveillance Orders Show That Even with Individualized Court Oversight, Spying Powers Are Misused

Once-secret surveillance court orders obtained by EFF last week show that even when the court authorizes the government to spy on specific Americans for national security purposes, that authorization can be misused to potentially violate other people’s civil liberties. These documents raise larger questions about…

Support Community Control of Spy Tech in Berkeley

Not long ago we wrote about our support for the City of Berkeley’s proposed Surveillance Technology Use and Community Safety Ordinance. In the time since, conversations like those already underway in the Police Review Commission, Peace and Justice Commission, and Disaster and Fire Safety Commission…

Berkeley: Stand Up for Community Control of Police Spy Tech

All residents should be guaranteed an opportunity to comment on proposed surveillance technologies, and the policies constraining their use, before representatives decide whether to adopt them. This Surveillance Technology Use and Community Safety Ordinance is the result of robust and open debate among the City’s…

Berkeley: Stand Up for Community Control of Policy Spy Tech

All residents should be guaranteed an opportunity to comment on proposed surveillance technologies, and the policies constraining their use, before representatives decide whether to adopt them. This Surveillance Technology Use and Community Safety Ordinance is the result of robust and open debate among the City’s…

Congress Renews Controversial Surveillance Measure, EU Impacted

FISA Privacy Shield Schrems Section 702 international privacy surveillance Congress Renews Controversial Surveillance Measure, EU Impacted In a decision that could jeopardize relations with Europe, Congress has renewed “Section 702” of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which permits broad surveillance of individuals outside of the…

House Fails to Protect Americans from Unconstitutional NSA Surveillance

UPDATE, January 12, 2018: The Senate could vote Tuesday on a disastrous NSA surveillance extension bill that violates the Fourth Amendment. Click the link at the bottom of the page to email your Senator today and tell them to oppose bill S. 139. The House…

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