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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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


Legal Aspects of Unmanned Systems: Part 1: Civilian Uses

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

Looks at the potential civilian uses for unmanned drone or robotic systems technologies such as package delivery, search and rescue operations, and wildlife conservation, and the legal aspects relating to privacy, security, and safety.  From the Law Library of the Library of Congress


Overhead Imagery: The U.S. Target

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

A collection of 38 government documents on the use of unmanned aircraft or drones and satellites to conduct surveillance activities aimed at civilian targets within the U.S.  From the National Security Archive


Facial Recognition Technology: Commercial Uses, Privacy Issues, and Applicable Federal Law

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

Examines uses of facial recognition technology, privacy issues, proposed best practices and industry privacy policies, and applicable privacy protections under federal law.  From the Government Accountability Office


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