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Privacy

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.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal urged customers to seek credit monitoring the company is providing. Data from 560 million customer accounts may have been exposed in the May incident.
A proposal set for a vote Wednesday in the House of Representatives would ban “data brokering” firms from selling, leasing, trading or renting location data. Consumer consent would be required before collection or processing.
The new police chief is using emergency powers to quickly get more surveillance cameras in Hillcrest amid an increase in hate crimes against the LGBTQ community and before the Pride Parade this month.
Michael Simeone, who became the city’s inaugural chief technology officer in March, said his focus has been “getting the Board of Education and the city back on track” after a June 2023 breach.
Law enforcement agencies statewide offer data collected via automated license plate readers to federal and out-of-state counterparts. But state Attorney General Rob Bonta has ordered agencies to safeguard that information.
Heritage Valley Health System will pay the federal government $950,000 to settle potential patient privacy violations after a ransomware attack in 2017 crippled the system's electronic medical records system.
After a seven-month investigation into automated license plate readers, Sacramento County's Grand Jury found the county Sheriff's Office and the Sacramento Police Department improperly shared data with out-of-state agencies.
Two local governments have taken steps to make residents aware of their digital rights. Experts argue that cities actually have a responsibility to do so.
City officials said Tuesday they had deployed the first 100 cameras; the other 300 are expected to be on the street by July. The devices, paid for by a $17 million state grant, are intended to take on organized retail theft.
Ruling that the Fourth Amendment protects a person’s right to privacy, a Norfolk Circuit Court has granted a defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained by city-owned license plate reader cameras, but without a search warrant.