Iris scanning on the rise

While mass monitoring of internet and phone communications, along with image- or video-based technologies such as automated license plate readers and facial recognition, have received increasing media coverage in recent years, one area of surveillance -- iris recognition -- has gotten less attention. But that is starting to change. Earlier this month The Intercept, which … Continue reading Iris scanning on the rise

Police body cameras increasingly incorporate facial recognition

The last few years have seen the rapid rise of body-worn cameras used by police departments around the United States, fueled by tens of millions of dollars in Justice Department funding. While originally justified on the basis of increasing police accountability and transparency, however, body cameras' usefulness is in question as they begin to incorporate … Continue reading Police body cameras increasingly incorporate facial recognition

U.S. looks into setting up biometric surveillance system for Mexico

During last year's election campaign, President Donald Trump famously promised to build a wall on the United States' southern border, and make Mexico pay for it. Now, however, it appears that U.S. taxpayers may end up paying not only for the border wall, but for a whole biometric surveillance system for the Mexican government. "The … Continue reading U.S. looks into setting up biometric surveillance system for Mexico

Police want Minority Report tech, but problems persist

Last summer, a coalition of American civil rights groups came together to denounce the increasing proliferation of "predictive policing" technologies that they described as "profoundly flawed." Nevertheless, the development of these technologies hurtles forward both in the United States and around the world. In the U.S., President Donald Trump appears enthusiastic about the prospects for … Continue reading Police want Minority Report tech, but problems persist

Tech Giants Promote Dystopian ‘Smart Homes’

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated," the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states. While we still have the right -at least on paper - to privacy in our homes, however, many Americans¬†appear increasingly willing to trade … Continue reading Tech Giants Promote Dystopian ‘Smart Homes’