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Transparency Report: The USA Freedom Act Business Records FISA Implementation

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Secrecy,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Privacy

Announces steps taken to implement the USA Freedom Act and specific procedures adopted to protect privacy rights. From the National Security Agency


Best Practices for Protecting Privacy, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Programs

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology

Describes how agencies that use drones to carry out mission responsibilities can protect individual rights and privacy. From the Department of Homeland Security


Forensic Language Analysis

Categories: Crime/Justice,Immigration/Migration,Privacy,Science/Technology

Examines the scientific validity of using voice biometric systems in the public and private sectors for criminal investigations, verification of identity, and immigration matters. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Victims of Identity Theft, 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Privacy,Statistics

An estimated 17.6 million Americans or 7% of all residents age 16 or older were victims of one or more incidents of identity theft in 2014. This report presents findings on the prevalence and nature of identity theft, including how the information was obtained, financial losses involved, and the impact of identity theft on victims’ lives. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Encryption and Evolving Technology: Implications for U.S. Law Enforcement Investigations

Categories: Crime/Justice,Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Discusses concerns that enhanced encryption techniques may hamper law enforcement investigations and what policy options might be available to mitigate the problem. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Commercial Outlook for a New Industry

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Transportation

The value of worldwide drone or UAS development is expected to grow from $4 billion to $14 billion annually over the next decade, but the lack of a regulatory framework is slowing commercial development. This report describes current UAS manufacturing, provides a profile of commercial applications, and factors affecting growth prospects. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Department of Justice Policy Guidance: Use of Cell-Site Simulator Technology

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Privacy,Science/Technology

Establishes policy that requires federal law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant before using cellphone tracking technology. Covers background information, management controls, legal process and court orders, and the process for applying to a court for the use of such technology. From the Justice Department


Barack Obama v. Larry Klayman

Categories: Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Homeland Security,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts$file/14-5004-1570210.pdf

Federal appeals court decision overturning a District Court case which had blocked the National Security Agency from gathering phone information on U.S. citizens.  The judge ruled that the conservative activist lacked standing to sue the agency, because he lacked evidence that records involving his calls had been collected.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia


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