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Police Use of Social Media Surveillance Software is Escalating, and Activists are in the Digital Crosshairs

Speaking out against police violence or government overreach shouldn’t land you in a surveillance database.

By Nicole Ozer
September 22, 2016

Charlotte Shooting Shows Why Video Transparency Is Vital

Transparency helps Americans decide if an injustice has been done, and builds confidence in the wheels of justice when it has

By Jay Stanley
September 22, 2016

Police Accidentally Record Themselves Conspiring to Fabricate Criminal Charges Against Protester

"Gotta cover our ass," said one trooper. "Let's give him something," said another.

By Jay Stanley
September 19, 2016

The Police Want Your DNA to Prove You're Innocent. Do You Give it to Them?

They told him they did not really think he was the perpetrator, but wanted to reassure his elderly neighbor.

By Jay Stanley
September 16, 2016

Local Police Using and Abusing DNA and Other Biometric Technologies

Going nuclear on surveillance: collecting a DNA sample from a juvenile for riding a bike without lights.

By Jay Stanley
September 13, 2016

FCC Needs to Impose Strong Protections Around Stingray Use

Only through strict oversight and transparency rules can we curb illegal and discriminatory uses of surveillance technology.

By Nathan Freed Wessler
September 1, 2016

Baltimore Police Secretly Running Aerial Mass-Surveillance Eye in the Sky

The technology can continuously monitor a 30-square-mile area and track any vehicle or pedestrian within that area

By Jay Stanley
August 24, 2016

Making Sure the Revolution Gets Televised

The powerful images that are fueling a new civil rights movement rely on private companies to see the light of day.

By Lee Rowland, Dennis Parker
August 12, 2016

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