Utility Pole Cameras: Big Brother Bureau is Watching

Politico Magazine featured a story yesterday titled "The FBI's Growing Surveillance Gap," arguing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is understaffed, which has led it to pursue controversial terrorism stings that some say amount to entrapment. But the Politico headline is ironic given some others this week. The author of the aforementioned article, Garrett M. … Continue reading Utility Pole Cameras: Big Brother Bureau is Watching

Groups Urge FBI Biometrics Transparency

A diverse range of organizations including Amnesty International USA, Uber and Lyft, as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union, published a letter this week urging the rejection of a plan to exempt the FBI's biometrics database from provisions of the Privacy Act. The "Next Generation Identification" (NGI) database, as it … Continue reading Groups Urge FBI Biometrics Transparency

More IMSI-Catcher Revelations, Including That ‘Stingrays’ May Soon Be Obsolete

The existence of IMSI-catchers, or "Stingrays" as the cell phone surveillance devices are known by their brand name, was first reported a few years ago, but many people remain unfamiliar with them. While many details about how they're used by various law enforcement agencies remain unknown, more continue to emerge. Last week documents were revealed, … Continue reading More IMSI-Catcher Revelations, Including That ‘Stingrays’ May Soon Be Obsolete