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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Resource Guide for Enhancing Community Relationships and Protecting Privacy and Constitutional Rights

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Privacy

A timely appearance for a resource guide intended to help law enforcement officers build stronger community/police relations.  From the Bureau of Justice Assistance


“Black Boxes” in Passenger Vehicles: Policy Issues

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

Explains what event data recorders are, government mandates that EDRs be included in vehicles, and controversies relating to their use.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Big Data in Business

Categories: Business/Economics,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

Examines the range of applications of big data by UK companies, highlighting the opportunities offered to a number of sectors.  Also considers the challenges faced by such businesses.  One of a series of reports by sector. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Big Data: An Overview

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

Examines definitions of big data, how it is managed, used, and regulated, and the public concerns that it generates.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Big Data, Crime, and Security

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

A British view of how “big data” applications are expanding opportunities and challenges for police and security agencies.  This report examines the use of data in three key areas: crime prevention, crime detection, and national security. Also covers regulatory issues, and public perceptions about privacy, civil liberties, and social benefits.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Report on the Surveillance Program Operated Pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

Analyzes the Section 702 program’s development and operation, statutory basis, constitutional implications, and whether it strikes a proper balance between national security and privacy/civil liberties.   Includes recommendations for policy reform.  From the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board


Riley v. California

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

Unanimous Supreme Court decision that police must obtain a warrant before searching the cellphone of a person they arrest.  In a pair of cases, defendants were convicted of crimes after police discovered incriminating evidence on their cellphones following a warrantless search.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


The Fourth Amendment Third-Party Doctrine

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy

Explores the third-party doctrine—which states that people are not entitled to an expectation of privacy in information they voluntarily provide to third parties–including its historical background, its legal and practical underpinnings, and its present and potential future applications.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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