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Street-Level Surveillance: ALPR Campaign

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and MuckRock have a launched a new public records campaign to reveal how much data law enforcement agencies have collected using automated license plate readers and are sharing with each other. Follow along with the requests on this page.

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Have an open records horror story? Shine a light by nominating an agency for The Foilies 2022

Have an open records horror story? Shine a light by nominating an agency for The Foilies 2022

We are now accepting submissions for The Foilies 2022, the annual project to give tongue-in-cheek awards to the officials and institutions that behave badly (or ridiculously) when served with a request for public records.

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Submit your nominations for the 2021 Foilies

Submit your nominations for the 2021 Foilies

It’s that time again — we’re now accepting nominations for the Foilies, the annual “anti-awards” program for government agencies that make access to information harder than it needs to be, often in equal parts maddeningly and inadvertently hilarious ways.

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California lawmaker halts controversial transparency bill amidst public outcry

California lawmaker halts controversial transparency bill amidst public outcry

After stern opposition from transparency groups, Assemblymember Laura Friedman has decided to halt AB 700 for this year’s legislative session in California. The bill would have exempted information relating to a researcher or their research at a state university or community college.

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Shifting from Tasers to AI, Axon wants to use terabytes of data to automate police records and redactions

Shifting from Tasers to AI, Axon wants to use terabytes of data to automate police records and redactions

Axon, one of the most prominent suppliers of tech tools to law enforcement, is shifting from selling its signature Tasers to embedding artificial intelligence in police departments around the country

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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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