Did Triggerfish just get fileted? A federal judge delivered a crucial rebuke to law enforcement’s use of stingrays when he tossed evidence discovered by DEA officers who used the problematic technology to locate a suspect and search his home without a warrant.
While the feud between Apple and the FBI attracts the media attention, Congress is where the real battle over encryption will be fought. And like past congressional forays into complex tech debates (see cybersecurity, online piracy and net neutrality), our elected officials have reliably shown their inability to grasp complex issues and consistently ignored constitutional protections in pursuit of knee-jerk fixes.
Read Suraj Sazawal’s disturbing report on latest trends in predictive policing: “The ability to anticipate or predict crime represents a disturbing paradigm shift in law enforcement. Not only do the computer models infringe on civil liberties with little accountability, especially when the companies that create them keep their methods secret, but it also perpetuates racial profiling.”
The US government’s relatively new Countering Violent Extremism program, relies on debunked theories, forces neighbors to spy on their neighbors, and interferes with the ability of Americans to exercise their constitutional rights.