Facial recognition, once a battlefield tool, lands in San Diego County

On a residential street in San Diego County, Calif., Chula Vista police had just arrested a young woman, still in her pajamas, for possession of narcotics. Before taking her away, Officer Rob Halverson paused in the front yard, held a Samsung Galaxy tablet up to the woman’s face and snapped a photo. Halverson fiddled with…

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site Selection (UASTSS)

On February 14, 2012, the President signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) into law.  The FMRA includes requirements for integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system (NAS), including direction for the FAA to “establish a program to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system at six…

Collect it all: America’s Surveillance State

Fault Lines investigates the fallout over the NSA’s surveillance programme in the US and abroad. Some of the US’ best secrets are out since former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden released thousands of classified documents about government surveillance in one of the most significant leaks in US history. He has been charged with…

Oversight Board Adopts EPIC’s Recommendations in New FOIA Rule

In response to extensive comments submitted by Electronic Privacy Information Center: EPIC, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has issued a final rule that will govern its Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and Sunshine Act practices. The Board’s initial draft of the rule allowed the agency to encourage other agencies to classify information, reserved…