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An Army of Robot Surveillance Guards Is Coming

Policymakers need to confront the reality that millions of AI watchers could soon watch over each of us, constantly judging and shaping our behavior.

By Jay Stanley
June 13, 2019

The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database

That’s about double the total U.S. population.

By Neema Singh Guliani
June 7, 2019

Our Cars Are Now Roving Computers. Is The Fourth Amendment Ready?

Cops shouldn’t be conducting warrantless searches of computers — even if that computer happens to be on wheels.

By Nathan Freed Wessler, Jennifer Stisa Granick, Daniela del Rosario Wertheimer
May 21, 2019

I Quit My Job to Protest My Company’s Work on Building Killer Robots

Big tech and the government have a responsibility to stop the advent of machines that can kill without human oversight.

By Liz O'Sullivan
March 6, 2019

If the Government Had Its Way, Everything Could be Wiretapped

In the battle over encryption, governments act like they have the right to learn everyone’s secrets because technology makes it possible.

By Jennifer Stisa Granick
February 19, 2019

Ruling Is a Warning to Companies Collecting Biometric Scans Without Permission

In a win for privacy rights, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a lawsuit to continue against a company that scanned a 14-year-old’s thumbprint.

By Nathan Freed Wessler
February 8, 2019

Spies Want to Make the FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug Into a Feature

The newly revealed flaw meant that FaceTime users could be unknowingly transmitting audio and video. GCHQ wants to do even more.

By Daniel Kahn Gillmor
January 31, 2019

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft Are at Odds on the Dangers of Face Recognition. One of Them Is on the Right Path.

There’s a clear rift among the tech giants over how to protect Americans from unchecked face surveillance.

By Nicole Ozer
January 25, 2019

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