NEWS & ANALYSIS

Government Surveillance in United Kingdom Gets Scrutinized

A recent incident in the United Kingdom has led to rising public concern over the government's extraordinary power to single out citizens for surveillance for suspicion of the slightest infractions, reports The New York Times.

U.K. Researchers Develop Anti-Card Counting Surveillance Tool

Two researchers in the United Kingdom believe they have developed one more tool in a casino's arsenal to ensure the house almost always wins, according to New Scientist.

New York City's Ring of Steel Gets Wider

The network of surveillance cameras; license-plate readers; and chemical, biological, and radiological sensors that protect lower Manhattan will expand to cover mid-town, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced yesterday.

DC Metro to Add Surveillance Cameras to System

Trains, buses, and stations in the nation's capital will add cameras in what The Washington Post reports could become the beginning of a system-wide surveillance operation for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

CCTV Reclaims Public Housing Complexes in Newark

A $5 million investment in a sprawling video surveillance system by the Newark Public Housing Authority has driven away drug dealers, prostitutes, and vagrants from the city's public housing complexes, reports Newark's The Star-Ledger.

Report Warns of Losing "Locational Privacy"

A new report from a privacy watchdog warns that Americans are losing their privacy as they travel through public space due to location-based technological services such as EZ Pass and cellphones.

New UAV Thrown Like a Boomerang

Two times a year, unmanned-aerial-vehicle makers bring their wares to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s biannual field demonstration to try and carve out a niche in an exploding defense market. This year, a small UAV stood out.

CBP Testing Drone Along Northern Border

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has adopted a new addition to help the agency watch over the northern border in upstate New York: a Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System, according to WWTI in Watertown, New York.

DHS to Eliminate Bush-era Spy Satellite Office, Paper Reports

Bush Administration’s transfer of domestic of spy satellite activity to DHS from the Department of the Interior elicited outcry from civil libertarians who feared the move would lead to unconstitutional surveillance.

Pentagon Calls Protests "Low-Level Terrorism"

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Pentagon to immediately remedy a question on a test that equates protests with "low-level terrorism," according to a letter from the civil liberties group.
 




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