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EFF to Minnesota Supreme Court: Sheriff Must Release Emails Documenting Biometric Technology Use

A Minnesota sheriff’s office must release emails showing how it uses biometric technology so that the community can understand how invasive it is, EFF argued in a brief filed in the Minnesota Supreme Court on Friday. The case, Webster v. Hennepin County, concerns a particularly egregious failure to respond to...

Minnesota Sheriff Must Release Emails on Use of Biometric Technology

When EFF launched a campaign last year to encourage the public to help us uncover police use of biometric technology, we weren’t sure what to expect. Within a few weeks, however, hundreds of people joined us in filing public records requests around the country. Ultimately, dozens of local government...

New Report: FBI Can Access Hundreds of Millions of Face Recognition Photos

Today the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) finally published its exhaustive report on the FBI’s face recognition capabilities. The takeaway: FBI has access to hundreds of millions more photos than we ever thought. And the Bureau has been hiding this fact from the public—in flagrant violation of federal...

5 Ways Law Enforcement Will Use Tattoo Recognition Technology

There's an action movie cliché in which a cop inspects the body of a felled assassin or foot soldier and discovers a curious tattoo that ultimately leads to a rogue black-ops squadron, a secret religious sect, or an underground drug trafficking ring. The trope isn’t entirely Hollywood fantasy, but the...

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