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Lawmakers Leave Washington Without Renewing Expired Surveillance Powers

House lawmakers left town Friday after passing a roughly $2 trillion dollar coronavirus relief package without voting to renew a set of intelligence powers that expired earlier this month, meaning surveillance tools used by the FBI to pursue terrorism suspects will likely remain defunct for at least several more weeks.

The surveillance powers, originally enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have lapsed before due to congressional inaction, but only for about a day. They expired on March 15.

Source: Lawmakers Leave Washington Without Renewing Expired Surveillance Powers – WSJ

Facial Recognition to Check Pedestrians at Texas Border Crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Texas announced that it will begin monitoring pedestrian traffic through the Brownsville Port of Entry with biometric technology. Critics say the technology has flaws and violates privacy rights.

The technology seeks to compare the image to passport and ID photos already stored in government records, according to the agency. It stated in a press release that it “has used biometric facial comparison to interdict more than 250 imposters who attempted to cross the Southwest Border using another person’s travel document” since Sept. 2018.

Source: Facial Recognition to Check Pedestrians at Border Crossing

USA: Senator introduces comprehensive federal data privacy bill

U.S. Senator, Jerry Moran, announced, on 12 March 2020, that he had introduced a bill for the Consumer Data Privacy and Security Act of 2020.

The Bill aims to establish a clear federal standard for data privacy protection, giving businesses a uniform standard rather than a patchwork of state laws, as it would expressly pre-empt any provision of a law, rule, regulation, or other requirement of any state or locality to the extent that such provision relates to the privacy or security of personal data.

Source: USA: Senator introduces comprehensive federal data privacy bill

Survey Reveals Leading Corporate Data Privacy Risks, Priorities and Change Initiatives

FTI Consulting announces findings from its study of data privacy trends, which indicated a sense of constant change and regulatory unease.

75 percent of organizations surveyed have made changes to their data privacy programs in the last 12 months. In the coming year, 97 percent of organizations will increase their spend on data privacy, with an average increase of 50 percent.

Based on responses from more than 500 leaders of large, U.S.-based, companies, Corporate Data Privacy Today: A Look at the Current State of Readiness, Perception and Complianceprovides a robust illustration of the current privacy landscape and the programs, perceptions and strategies currently in play at large corporations.

Source: New FTI Consulting Survey Reveals Leading Corporate Data Privacy Risks, Priorities and Change Initiatives | FTI Consulting

Proposed US law is “Trojan horse” to stop online encryption, critics say

Child-exploitation bill could dissuade companies from using end-to-end encryption.

Two Republicans and two Democrats in the US Senate have proposed a law that aims to combat sexual exploitation of children online, but critics of the bill call it a “Trojan horse” that could harm Americans’ security by reducing access to encryption.

The EARN IT (Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies) Act “would create incentives for companies to ‘earn’ liability protection for violations of laws related to online child sexual abuse material,” an announcement by the bill’s supporters said.

Source: Proposed US law is “Trojan horse” to stop online encryption, critics say | Ars Technica

Clearview AI facial recognition app maker sued by Vermont

The complaint alleges that the facial recognition company’s scraping of images for its database violates state privacy laws.

Vermont’s complaint alleges Clearview AI violates the state’s Consumer Protection Act by collecting facial recognition data of Vermont residents, including children, without their consent. It also alleges that the “screen scraping” Clearview AI uses to collect the data violates the state’s new Data Broker Law, which targets companies that collect and sell data on consumers.

Source: Clearview AI facial recognition app maker sued by Vermont – CNET

ACLU sues US government over its use of facial recognition at airports

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the US government over its failure to reveal details about the use of facial recognition at airports.

ACLU and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to order a range of federal agencies to hand over their records about the tech’s usage at airports.

The lawsuit centers on concerns that the government can use facial recognition to track our movements, and has refused to provide details about what it’s doing with the tech.

Source: ACLU sues US government over its use of facial recognition at airports

Washington state approves stronger facial recognition regulations

Washington officials have approved a set of stronger facial recognition regulations for the state.

Under the bill, facial recognition technologies have to be tested for fairness and accuracy, since they’ve been proven to show bias against women and people of color. Law enforcement agencies would have to secure a court order or a warrant to be able to use them, and Washington state has to form a task force to study how public agencies should use and deploy facial recognition technologies.

Source: Washington state approves stronger facial recognition regulations | Engadget

Washington Privacy Act fails for second time

Washington Privacy Act would have given Washington residents the right to access, correct or delete data collected on them by commercial entities, as well as the right to opt out of certain forms of data processing. But on Thursday, lawmakers failed to reconcile differences around enforcement.

A version of the bill that passed through the Senate with a 46-1 vote in February would have granted enforcement authority to the state attorney general. The House made several amendments, including giving consumers the ability to enforce the law in court through a private right of action, passing its version in March with a 56-41 vote.

Source: Washington Privacy Act fails for second time

House passes key surveillance bill with deadline looming

The House on Wednesday passed legislation to reauthorize a key intelligence surveillance bill after weeks of back-and-forth tussling between members in both parties.

The passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), 278-136, comes the day after the House struck a bipartisan deal on the legislation and just before the bill is set to expire on Sunday.

Source: House passes key surveillance bill with deadline looming | TheHill

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