Australian Prime Minister Denies New Facial Recognition Measures Amount to ‘Mass Surveillance’

Australian Prime Minister Denies New Facial Recognition Measures Amount to ‘Mass Surveillance’

(The Guardian) — Federal and state police will be given real-time access to passport, visa, citizenship and driver’s license images for a wide range of criminal investigations – not just identifying terrorism suspects – following agreement between federal, state and territory leaders. Malcolm Turnbull told reporters the facial biometric matching agreement signed off by the […]

Police Detective Arrests, Drags Screaming Nurse Out of Hospital for Not Allowing Blood to Be Drawn on Crash Victim Without Warrant

Police Detective Arrests, Drags Screaming Nurse Out of Hospital for Not Allowing Blood to Be Drawn on Crash Victim Without Warrant

  SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A police detective in Utah is now under investigation after angrily arresting a nurse and dragging her screaming out of the hospital when she declined to allow him to withdraw blood from an unconscious crash victim without a warrant, as per the police department’s agreement with the hospital. According to […]

Wisconsin Company to Offer Microchip Implants to its Employees

Wisconsin Company to Offer Microchip Implants to its Employees

(Fox Business) — A Wisconsin tech company says they are about to become the first business in the U.S. to offer microchip implants to its employees. Three Square Market (32M), a River Falls-based software design company, says starting August 1st, it will be offering microchips to all their employees. The chips will be implanted underneath […]

Facebook Says It Shouldn’t Have to Stay Mum When Government Seeks User Data

Facebook Says It Shouldn’t Have to Stay Mum When Government Seeks User Data

(Washington Post) — Major technology companies and civil liberties groups have joined Facebook in a closed courtroom battle over secret government access to social media records. Facebook is fighting a court order that prohibits it from letting users know when law enforcement investigators ask to search their political communications — a ban that Facebook contends […]

Senators Seek Data on Americans Caught Up in Surveillance

Senators Seek Data on Americans Caught Up in Surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic privacy advocate and libertarian-minded Republican are asking the nation’s top intelligence official to release more information about the communications of American citizens swept up in surveillance operations. The request by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky adds to a chorus of calls for […]

Israeli Government Passes Biometric Database Law

Israeli Government Passes Biometric Database Law

(Biometric Update) — Earlier this week, the Knesset passed the biometric database law in its second and third readings after all concerns were addressed and resolved, according to a report by Israel National News. The move comes a couple months after the Knesset extended Israel’s biometric database pilot program until February 28, in light that […]

Free Speech Under Threat at Nation’s Colleges

Free Speech Under Threat at Nation’s Colleges

(Orange County Register/Herald and News) — Our nation’s institutions of higher learning are supposed to be repositories of knowledge, enriched by the free flow of information and competition of ideas, but they are increasingly failing in this mission. Sadly, college campuses, which tend to embrace liberal ideologies, including tolerance, oftentimes are among the most intolerant […]

Arkansas City Accused of Targeting Poor

Arkansas City Accused of Targeting Poor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Courthouse News) – An Arkansas couple says they are being ordered to leave their community because their $1,500 trailer is too cheap to comply with a new city ordinance that criminalizes struggling residents “simply because they are poor.” David Watlington and Lindsey Hollaway say their $13,000 combined annual income places them below […]

Compromise in the Works for Feeding the Homeless in Tampa

Compromise in the Works for Feeding the Homeless in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) — The City of Tampa and a group that regularly feeds the homeless is working on a compromise after volunteers from the group were arrested for feeding homeless people in a downtown park without a permit. Saturday the group, Food Not Bombs, hosted another free meal in Lykes Gaslight Park, this […]

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