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ACLU leads coalition urging limits on use of facial recognition

ACLU leads coalition urging limits on use of facial recognition

Citing fears about massive errors and invasions of privacy, 85 organizations sent letters Tuesday imploring Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to end sales of facial recognition technology to government agencies.

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The strangest thing we've found in the CIA's declassified archives (so far)

The strangest thing we’ve found in the CIA’s declassified archives (so far)

Today is the second anniversary of the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives being published online after a lengthy legal battle. While we’ll be examine some of the larger impact the release has had in a little bit, we also wanted to share what’s hands down the weirdest thing we’ve found so far.

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Out of state records requesters face unclear guidelines in New Jersey

Out of state records requesters face unclear guidelines in New Jersey

While most states have clear guidelines over whether out of state requests can be rejected, others aren’t so clear - in New Jersey, the Open Public Records Act and governing entities often have contrasting views.

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How are police departments using license plate reader technology? Your feedback is helping us find out

How are police departments using license plate reader technology? Your feedback is helping us find out

Over 100 additional requests related to police departments’ use of automated license plate recognition technology have been submitted to government agencies identified by MuckRock readers as needing further scrutiny.

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Upcoming Supreme Court case could hand broadened FOIA censorship powers to corporations

Upcoming Supreme Court case could hand broadened FOIA censorship powers to corporations

Does your right to know which companies are receiving your tax dollars outweigh those companies’ rights to competitive secrets? That’s the question at stake in an upcoming Supreme Court case set to be heard in April, and the result could either cement the public’s right to know or severely restrict the ability to track the flow of tax dollars into private companies.

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