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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...

FBI Wants to Remove Privacy Protections from its Massive Biometrics Database

EFF and 44 Other Organizations Call for More Time to Respond Since 2008, the FBI has been assembling a massive database of biometric information on Americans. This database, called Next Generation Identification (NGI), includes fingerprints, face recognition, iris scans and palm prints—collected not just during arrests, but also...

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