Category: Legal Issues

Senators Question DOJ’s Surveillance of Americans’ Cell Phone Location Records

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Brandi Vincent | NextGov | Source URL Lawmakers want the attorney general to explain how the collection of cellular location data has changed following a recent SCOTUS decision. A bipartisan group of senators questioned the Justice Department this week regarding how the government’s treatment of cellphone-generated location data in national […]

Trump signs ‘American AI Initiative’ executive order to prioritize federal funding for artificial intelligence research

Trump signs ‘American AI Initiative’ executive order to prioritize federal funding for artificial intelligence research

Xeni Jardin | Boing Boing | Source URL There aren’t many details in Trump’s “American A.I. Initiative,” but the point appears to be: send a message of technological dominance to China. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday intended to boost America’s global position in artificial intelligence. While nothing […]

Trump to create American AI Initiative with executive order

Trump to create American AI Initiative with executive order

cNet | Source URL President Donald Trump is directing federal agencies to focus on artificial intelligence (AI), multiple outlets have reported. The Trump administration is going to create the American AI Initiative with an executive order on Monday, according to the New York Times and Reuters. The order won’t include specific funding […]

Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy

Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy

EFF | Source URL Today the Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously that when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. Users don’t need to prove an injury like identity fraud or physical harm—just losing control of one’s biometric privacy is […]

New Mexico Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

New Mexico Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

Mike Maharrey | Tenth Amendment Center | Source URL | PDF – SB199 SANTA FE, N.M. (Jan. 24, 2019) – Today, the New Mexico Senate unanimously passed a bill that would limit the warrantless use of stingray devices to track people’s location and sweep up electronic communications, and more broadly protect […]

Gunman who killed officer left a note accusing police of hitting him with ‘sonic waves’

Gunman who killed officer left a note accusing police of hitting him with ‘sonic waves’

CNN | Source URL The gunman who killed an officer in Northern California left behind a letter accusing the Davis police department of hitting him with “ultra sonic waves.” A man on a bicycle shot Davis police Officer Natalie Corona, 22, Thursday night as she responded to a triple-car crash […]

Lawsuit Contests Constitutionality of the 1996 Telecom Act Which Doesn’t Allow Opposing Cell Towers Due to Health Risks

Lawsuit Contests Constitutionality of the 1996 Telecom Act Which Doesn’t Allow Opposing Cell Towers Due to Health Risks

B.N. Frank | Activist Post | Source URL Because of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Americans have not been allowed to oppose the installation of cell towers and other wireless infrastructure based on health and environmental concerns near schools, medical facilities, residential areas, or anywhere else.  The first lawsuit contesting […]

Fake-porn videos are being weaponised to harass and humiliate women

Fake-porn videos are being weaponised to harass and humiliate women

Stuff.co.nz | Source URL The video showed the woman in a pink off-the-shoulder top, sitting on a bed, smiling a convincing smile. It was her face. But it had been seamlessly grafted, without her knowledge or consent, onto someone else’s body: a young pornography actress, just beginning to disrobe for […]