US Chamber of Commerce lobbies for right to keep using Facial recognition.

California legislature has made a decisive move to rein in the “surveillance state.”

A ban on facial recognition software used by law enforcement or government agencies that started in San Francisco and Oakland has, in part, gone statewide. The Body Camera Accountability Act passed the California Legislature and was just signed into law by Gov. Newsom. The law puts in place a three-year state-wide moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology in body cams used by state and local law enforcement agencies. In this, the California legislature has made a decisive move to rein in the “surveillance state.”

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Georgia’s Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on vehicle data privacy

Back in 2014, a man named Victor Mobley was driving his 2014 Dodge Charger along a tree-lined road in Henry County, Georgia. Two people in a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette pulled out from a driveway and were hit by Mobley. They died, and Mobley survived.

Initially, the police determined that the Corvette driver must have pulled out without warning, and Mobley couldn’t stop in time. They saw nothing at the scene that would indicate that Mobley was driving too quickly until an officer plugged a device called a Crash Data Recorder into Mobley’s Charger and found that he had been doing nearly 100 miles per hour.

Here’s where things get sticky: that officer didn’t have a search warrant. The police got a warrant soon after, the issuance of which wasn’t dependent on the data obtained from Victor Mobley’s car, but after being convicted of a double first-degree vehicular homicide, Mobley appealed saying that the data from his vehicle was obtained illegally, in violation of the 4th Amendment. 

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New FBI Plans for Social Media Surveillance Already Raising Significant Privacy Concerns

At a time when the general population in the U.S. is more aware than ever before of privacy issues raised by social media usage, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) appears ready and willing to ramp up its social media surveillance activities. According to a new request for proposal (RFP) that the FBI distributed in early July, the goal is to develop an “early alerting tool” that would enable the FBI to “proactively identify and reactively monitor” persons of interest or suspects in ongoing cases.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Presents ‘Data Done Right’

For over one hundred years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has acted as the eyes and ears for businesses in Washington, D.C., taking action on legislative issues and representing the interests of their membership body. Today, the Chamber’s membership consists of more than three million organizations across all sectors and regions, ranging from large corporations to small businesses (in fact, more than 96% of Chamber member companies have fewer than 100 employees). 

On July 11, 2019, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted Data Done Right, a summit for “all things related to data privacy.” This event gave members an opportunity to hear from industry experts as well as voice their opinions. So, what’s the main takeaway from the day? That to effectively impact the data privacy debate, we all need to stand on common ground. To that end, here are four common views a majority of participants rallied behind:  

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