• Street Level Surveillance: Help find who uses mobile biometric technology

    Police departments are increasingly tracking your face, your fingerprints, your tattoos — and even your DNA. Help the Electronic Frontier Foundation and MuckRock uncover how local agencies are tracking you and bring some much-needed transparency to the murky world of biometric surveillance.

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  • The Rebel Girl: FBI files on Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

    Files released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation reveal that early twentieth century activist and co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn predictably spent at least 1921 to 1924 under surveillance by undercover agents. The documents specifically focus on a speaking tour Flynn launched after the July 1921 conviction of Italian anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for murder.

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  • California releases death in custody data

    Last year, 679 people died or were killed in California while in law enforcement custody. Thanks to data released by the Attorney General office, we can start piecing together the how and why.

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  • "Rivaling Dali in terms of popularity” Jacob, the painting police horse

    St. Petersburg, Florida is adorable. Known for holding the Guinness World Record for “most consecutive days of sunshine” (768 days), St. Pete boasts a wide array of museums, beaches, and “The Finest Ballroom in the South.”

    “The Sunshine City” also employs a two-horse mounted police force featuring Jacob, a quarter horse who divides his sunny days between fighting crime and painting masterpieces.

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  • A close look at Hacking Team's courtship with local law enforcement

    Leaked emails confirm that Hacking Team has been courting government agencies in the United States as potential customers for its spyware. As the map we published last week explores, the Italian firm’s rolodex includes state and local law enforcement alongside federal intelligence agencies.

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  • What's next for No Boston 2024?

    “It’s a surreal feeling for this to be over so suddenly, but it feels very nice at the same time,” No Boston 2024 member Jonathan Cohn said in the hours after the public learned that Boston’s Olympic bid would no longer be considered for the 2024 games.

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  • FBI backtracks on cell phone trackers

    The Drug Enforcement Administration has at least two systems that can locate an individual mobile device to within 25 feet, the agency admitted recently. Meanwhile, just down the halls of the Justice Department, the FBI insists that it can neither confirm nor deny that it has any records on the same system.

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  • Did Hacking Team give your local police a product demo?

    The FBI and DEA aren’t the only law enforcement agencies interested in Hacking Team’s surveillance wares. The Italian company’s hacked emails contain contact information for more than a hundred police departments across the United States, as well as details of in-person demonstrations, including one for the sheriff of Broward County, Florida, which has not previously been reported.

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  • The Private Prison Project, one year in

    MuckRock launched the Private Prison Project exactly a year ago. It was the start of a look at the big players who stand the most to gain from America’s obsession with calling people problems and then locking those problems away. Beryl Lipton reflects on the hard-fought victories we've had so far, and what the future holds.

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  • DEA audit blasts handling of informant program

    A scathing audit released yesterday by the Justice Department’s inspector general lists a slew of issues with the DEA’s management of confidential sources. Auditors found that DEA brass reauthorized long-term informants after mere seconds of review, and that the agency has weak oversight for illegal activity conducted by undercover sources.

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