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Coverage of the way technology is changing the kinds of data state and local government collects about citizens, how it uses that data and the ethical and security implications of that. Includes stories about police body cameras, facial recognition, artificial intelligence, medical data, surveillance, etc., as well as privacy policy nationwide.

Three years after Lockport City School District purchased a facial- and object-recognition system from Aegis, state legislation has put a moratorium on the technology, and the district is complying.
While AI appears to be a shiny new bauble full of promises and perils, lawmakers in both parties acknowledge that they must first resolve a less trendy but more fundamental problem: data privacy and protection.
California lawmakers have passed Senate Bill 362, known as the Delete Act, that would allow consumers to have every data broker delete their personal information with a single request.
A hard-won ordinance that brought oversight to San Diego's many surveillance technologies needs critical fixes, officials say, or day-to-day operations the city relies on could come to a standstill.
The California Assembly has approved legislation to notify drivers when images are gathered by in-vehicle cameras and prohibit sale for advertising, protecting consumers against the increased sale of personal data.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced today that $5 million in grant funding is now available to help local law enforcement agencies invest in body camera equipment and pay for associated expenses.
The Aurora City Council will vote Tuesday night on a new five-year, $6.2 million contract for body cameras and Tasers for the police department, as well as accompanying software that would run through 2028.
A U.S. district court judge has issued a temporary injunction against an Arkansas law that mandates social media companies to use third-party vendors for age verification checks on new users or face substantial fines.
The pandemic sparked growth in free digital tools for students and teachers. As that trend continues, student privacy protections are gaining more focus — and, it seems, more enforcement.
The gang database “typecast minority youths as gang members without evidence, putting them at risk of false arrest and wrongful deportation,” according to a report by the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project.