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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.

The Ellwood City Council in Pennsylvania voted in favor of installing seven traffic cameras at key intersections. The cameras will also be connected to a larger county surveillance system.
K-12 schools gave students laptops and tablets to let them learn virtually. But many schools also closely track students’ activities on the devices — and advocacy groups are raising the call for less invasive monitoring.
Alfi, a company based in Miami Beach, Fla., believes the future of digital advertising is in tech that recognizes the physical characteristics and moods of individuals. Alfi's CEO thinks "[t]he cookie is dead."
The Rand Corporation released a report suggesting that the U.S. military should use artificial intelligence to examine social media trends to determine whether any military members are at risk of becoming extremists.
Despite legitimate concerns about misinformation online, there are also some major benefits to our increased reliance on the Internet to obtain information, including how it has helped to alter government transparency.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services said yesterday that the personal data of most Alaskans could have been compromised by a May cyber attack. In response, the state is offering free credit monitoring.
Coral Springs is about to become the latest Florida city to deploy surveillance cameras on objects like traffic light poles. The city will start off with 10 cameras and continue to add to the system.
A Florida judge has ruled that a Costco website doesn’t violate user privacy with tracking software and that the situation is not akin to being illegally wiretapped. Other cases have received similar rulings recently.
Big Tech makes a lot of promises about protecting privacy, but the reality is that using the industry’s products is a matter of trust.
After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, political leaders made a number of changes to how homeland security is maintained. Some experts say these changes are still having negative effects on people's rights.