In this week’s privacy news: New report shows facial recognition tech widely used across the US government, the role of encryption in protecting LGBTQ+ community members, and Maine passes the strongest state facial recognition ban yet.
Colorado enacts new data privacy law, Congress eyes clampdown on Stingray surveillance, and Ring gave cops free cameras to build and promote surveillance network.
King County bans gov’t use of facial recognition software, Amazon says police now need to make a public request to access Ring doorbell videos, and the all-seeing eyes of New York’s 15,000 surveillance cameras.
US towns are buying Chinese surveillance tech tied to Uighur abuses, Clearview AI hit with a barrage of privacy complaints, and Pittsburgh police used facial recognition technology during BLM protests.
Amazon’s Ring is the largest civilian surveillance network the US has ever seen, Pittsburgh police used Clearview facial recognition after BLM protests, and the current state of proposed biometric laws.