US House votes to extend FISA surveillance

US House votes to extend FISA surveillance

The US House of Representatives has voted to approve legislation that extends the validity of three federal surveillance tools slated to expire this weekend. To elaborate, those tools are provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or FISA, which …

ACLU sues Homeland Security over airport facial recognition records

There’s no question that AI surveillance is on the rise, but there are a lot of questions about just how extensively law enforcement agencies, like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are using it. In an attempt to increase transparency, the American C…

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

Tracking entire populations to combat the pandemic now could open the doors to more invasive forms of government snooping later. From a report: In South Korea, government agencies are harnessing surveillance-camera footage, smartphone location data and credit…

President Trump signs bill to help rural carriers replace Huawei gear

The US government is about to help rural carriers give Chinese telecom equipment the boot. President Trump has signed the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act (the Secure and Trusted Telecommunications Networks Act in the Senate ), mandating that US…

Surveillance Company Says It’s Deploying ‘Coronavirus-Detecting’ Cameras In US

An Austin, Texas based technology company is launching “artificially intelligent thermal cameras” that it claims will be able to detect fevers in people, and in turn send an alert that they may be carrying the coronavirus. Motherboard reports: Athena Security…

What Is a Quarantine?

Quarantines can slow the spread of novel bugs like this coronavirus. But there’s a right way to do them—and some very, very wrong ways.

We Failed to Track Early Covid-19 Cases, So Here’s What Happens Now

For many people in the U.S. who fear they’re already sick with covid-19, the past few weeks have been a confusing maze of bureaucracy and inadequacy, only to be told at the end that they won’t be able to get tested. Read more…

Senate votes to renew surveillance powers, delaying changes

The U.S. Senate has voted to extend, rather than tweak, three surveillance powers that federal law enforcement officials use to fight terrorists, passing the bill back to an absent House and throwing the future of the authorities in doubt. The 75-day extensio…

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