California needs to better regulate surveillance

Data from the Oakland Police Department showed that license plate readers were disproportionately dispatched in low-income communities and communities of racial minorities. This can create a “chilling effect” on the freedom of expression of minority groups. And it can reinforce already stigmatized communities by creating a “feedback loop” in which police are repeatedly sent to a particular neighborhood regardless of that neighborhood’s true crime rate.
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Video camera registry raises more questions than it answers

We are not opposed to the creation of what is, after all, a voluntary registry. But the language describing such an undertaking is vague thus far. It must be determined whether those registered would be asked to waive their rights of self-incrimination or whether police would be able to bypass the need for a warrant or subpoena in order to obtain footage from registered devices. Live feed should not be supplied to law enforcement, as there can be no expectation of privacy or control of the footage in that circumstance.
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James Bond spies no more

Between Two Ponds

Bond, James Bond. He comes to my mind whenever espionage and eavesdropping are mentioned. He suavely prowls through the maelstrom of bullets and explosions with the same swagger with which he would walk through a crowded ballroom. What the recently released Snowden documents and foreign news outlets allege, however, is
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Spying on our friends and our enemies

The Political Circus

How much is too much? And when our government has already overstepped its authority, what can we do to rein it back in? Earlier this week, allegations that the NSA was wiretapping not only domestic calls but also the calls of international leaders surfaced. More specifically, it was revealed that
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