Criminal Justice

Surveillance, prediction, and “data-driven policing” are changing the face of criminal justice.

FBI seeks to shield its massive biometric database from public scrutiny.

The FBI is proposing to exempt its entire Next Generation Identification (NGI) database from the basic regulations and requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974 — the very law designed to govern how the FBI handles this type of sensitive information. Here's why that's troubling for civil rights.

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Chicago police have tripled their use of a secret, computerized “heat list.”

The list aims to predict who will be involved in future shootings. Its growing role in Chicago policing is a taste of what’s ahead.

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Crucial evidence in 2014 murder excluded due to warrantless stingray use.

This week a Baltimore judge excluded crucial evidence in a woman's 2014 murder because the evidence was obtained after the warrantless use of a stingray.

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The Email Privacy Act unanimously passes the House.

Under the bill passed this week, law enforcement would need to obtain a search warrant in order to access emails or other digital communications that are more than 180 days old.

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Should secret code help convict?

Sometimes, defendants should be able to see the source code of software that helps to convict them.

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