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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.

People who use the IRS digital portal will need to be prepared starting in the summer to submit a live video selfie and various documentation to make and view payments and access tax records.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed wants to crack down on crime across the city by increasing the number of situations in which police may access live-feed cameras. Privacy advocates have decried the idea.
Federal lawmakers think a bill would annihilate a duopoly that Apple and Google hold on the mobile market. The two companies, however, have argued the bill will make it harder to protect users' privacy and security.
The proposed constitutional amendment would add privacy as a natural right and says law enforcement must secure a warrant before searching or seizing an individual’s electronic data or electronic communications.
There were new developments in 2021 regarding implanting microchips into humans. So what plans were announced for 2022? And just as important, what are the privacy and security ramifications?
Notwithstanding concerns about privacy and how data might be used, Lake County will now permit its municipalities to install automated license plate readers on roads owned by the county.
State Sen. Louis P. DiPalma is seeking more information about the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority data breach that allowed hackers to steal the personal information of thousands of state workers.
Broward Health, a large public health system in Florida, has indicated that a data breach on Oct. 15 resulted in compromised patient and employee data. Broward Health hasn't revealed many details about the breach.
To make freeways safer for road workers, Connecticut is installing work zone cameras as part of a pilot program next year. Critics have raised privacy concerns, and others have claimed the program is a money scheme.
Multiple federal entities are scouring the country for governments that have fallen prey to the global Log4j software vulnerability, which is considered the worst weak point in recent years by security experts.