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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.

State and federal judges and prosecutors are among the more than 200,000 people that had sensitive personal information, like addresses, exposed in the recent leak of state concealed handgun permit data.
At the annual International Society for Technology in Education conference in New Orleans this week, a panel advised school administration and vendors on how to work together on data privacy agreements.
Initial reports of the exposure of personal information about concealed handguns permits was more expansive than initially thought. California Department of Justice officials now say several other data sets were exposed.
All Californians with a permit to carry a concealed handgun had their personal information exposed online after a breach of the California Department of Justice’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal.
The controversial surveillance camera technology on public streetlights has raised calls for oversight from privacy and civil rights advocates. A City Council vote could change the rules around how the tech is governed.
Legislators, advocacy groups and industry experts have spoken at length about the draft national data privacy legislation, raising questions about its chances of success and what it could mean for states' privacy rules.
Twenty-one states have a CPO position, up from just 12 in 2019. States appear to be recognizing the need to tackle privacy as government data collection grows, but CPOs still struggle to get enough funds.
The city of Boca Raton is letting its police force participate in a statewide facial recognition program, joining hundreds of communities in Florida employing the controversial crime-fighting technology.
After years of delay and discussion, Congress has released a bipartisan draft bill outlining a comprehensive federal data privacy policy. However, the proposal fails to adequately address two major issues.
In response to several mass shootings, the company announced that it was working on drones armed with Tasers to stop shooters. Now that work is paused after most of the company's ethics board resigned in protest.