Enforcers category archive
David and his guest, Kade Crockford, Director of the ACLU’s Technology for Liberty program, discuss biometric surveillance, privacy, facial recognition technology, the interactions of these technologies with law enforcement, and much more.
Methinks the conversation focused too much on law enforcement and not enough on Big Data.
For example, I keep the GPS turned off on my Android unless I have a positive need for it. On the rare occasions when I do have it turned on, I get creepy messages from Google asking how I enjoyed my visit to such-and-such business.
I understand that they can track the general location of my phone via cell towers, and I can live with that, but it’s none of Google’s damn business where I ate lunch, for Pete’s sake.
Reacting to the recent police shootings of innocent black persons simply for being, Leonard Pitts, Jr., asks a question:
But the tragedy raises a question bigger than the Fort Worth Police Department, bigger than policing itself:. Why, when we see black people, do we so often see what isn’t there? It makes headlines when police do it because the outcomes are so often catastrophic. However, this almost literal inability to see black people is not limited to law enforcement.
Follow the link for the rest of his thoughts.
In related news, Tony Norman wonders what’s going on in Texas, anyway.
They raise their firearms, carefully taking aim; they caress the triggers lovingly and let fly the cartridges.
They strike their targets, who drop lifelessly.
“Oh, no,” they cry, “I did not intend to do that regardless of how it might have looked. It was an accident.”
“That’s okay,” replies Mr. Enforcer. “As you are a member of the Fraternity of the Fair-Skinned, I must take you at your word.
“Oh, and before you go, have a cookie.”
The IoT is spreading its voyeuristic web. Now it’s doorbell cameras being made available to law enforcement.
From the story (emphasis added):
The partnerships allow police to request footage from Ring devices in area up to half a square mile wide within a certain amount of time, the company told the Post. Law enforcement agencies can’t access live video or receive ongoing access.
Ring users can decline video access requests by police officers.
I am certain that there’s no way this guarantee can be circumvented. After all, we never hear news stories about outfits getting hacked, do we?