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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.

An audit report released this week determined that personal and confidential information of roughly 192,000 permit holders was left unprotected when the California Department of Justice exposed it earlier this year.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement accidentally posted personal identity information and locations of more than 6,000 immigrants currently in agency custody to its website this week.
Tehama County, home to the city of Red Bluff, is warning residents that their personal information may have been compromised in the recent breach of the Department of Social Services’ databanks.
A petition filed with the South Carolina Supreme Court alleges that automatic license plate readers are part of a growing system of “unlawful and unaccountable surveillance” overseen by the state’s Law Enforcement Division.
Administrators from the Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Michigan say that users and providers of emerging XR technologies should be conscious of privacy, security and safety challenges.
Sacramento County, Calif., officials announced that the medical data of as many as 5,372 inmates was exposed on the Internet for several months. The breach was related to unsecured folders held by a vendor, officials said.
Automatic license plate readers are alleged to be part of a vast and growing system of unlawful and unaccountable surveillance overseen by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, according to a recent court petition.
To combat problems with students using cell phones to record fights, photograph tests and take invasive pictures, a Louisiana school district will forbid rule-breakers from bringing phones to school for 90 days.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech company has agreed to a settlement with 40 states to resolve allegations that it misled consumers about how it tracked, recorded and shared their device location data.
The NYPD spent nearly $3 billion on surveillance technology in a 12-year stretch but continues to flout the law requiring it reveal details of each contract, according to two advocacy groups.