U.S. Government to discuss privacy policy for facial recognition technology

People have the right to protect the use of our name and likeness, but what do we do about technology that can sense the shape of our face? The Hill reports that the Obama administration and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) will hold the first of a series of monthly meetings in February to discuss “a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology,” according to the NTIA. The proposed policy comes as more companies are building facial recognition technology into their features.

C.I.A. is said to pay AT&T for call data


A contract uncovered by the New York Times shows that the C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million per year to access the company’s phone records for aid in counterterrorism efforts. The CIA, which is forbidden by law from from spying on Americans, is accessing phone records of foreigners under a voluntary contract with AT&T. Some of the records represent calls into or out of the U.S., raising the possibility that the agency is indeed engaged in domestic spying; AT&T claims, however, it “masks” the records of Americans.

5 lessons from redesigning NYC.gov

Government isn’t exactly known for good design. Design firm Huge used design to improve the city government’s website and, by extension, city services.

N.S.A. Experiment Traced U.S. Cellphone Locations


As it turns out, one of the biggest “scares” of NSA’s power over our electronic data — targeting people through cell phone locations — was already launched and scrapped. The New York Times reported that a pilot project to track cell phone locations was enacted in 2010 and 2011 to test the group’s ability to handle data, but officials say no information gathered was used for intelligence purposes. The government is no longer tracking locations under the Patriot Act, but the mere existence of this project shows yet again just how much the NSA was hiding from the public.

NSA Spying: The Three Pillars of Government Trust Have Fallen

In the wake of the Washington Post’s revealing look into routine violations in the NSA, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is pulling no punches on the branches of the U.S. government. In its statement, the EFF calls for a “truly independent investigatory body” to look into the NSA’s dealings. Transparency has been limited, so an NSA-driven group like the 9/11 commission could give citizens a more thorough report of what was going on behind closed government doors.