Fight Against Mugshot Sites Brings Little Success

Websites that post people’s mugshots and charge them money to have them removed have been called exploitative by many lawmakers, but states’ attempts to crack down on the websites haven’t worked.

Beyond Gadgets: Public Safety in a Digital World

In the lead-up to a discussion on public safety data, our senior director of programs is obsessed with our digital footprint, and its implications for police and citizens.

Amid Attacks, Teachers Weigh Their Safety Against Student Privacy

Sharing students’ criminal records with schools may violate their privacy, but some lawmakers think it will make teachers safer. Not all teachers are so sure.

A Federal Push for Smart Cities Cybersecurity and Privacy Standards

“There are not a whole lot of best practices for local governments,” an official with the National Institute of Standards and Technology told Route Fifty.

UCLA Notifies 32,000 Students of Cyberattack

The hacked server housed personal information including names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, health insurance IDs and some medical information supplied by the students.

There May Be a Good Reason Pittsburgh Kept Its Body Camera Policies Under Wraps

In the eight categories from a Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights scorecard, local law enforcement in Steel City get one passing mark.

N.Y.C. OK’d to Destroy Information on Undocumented Immigrants

Two Republican Assembly members had sought the preservation of IDNYC documents held by the city.

Largest Body-Camera Supplier Is Giving Police Free AI to Analyze Crime Footage

The CEO of Taser International, now renamed Axon, says these connected systems would allow police to spend more time doing their jobs, rather than paperwork

States Are Moving to Protect Internet Privacy Now That the Feds Don't Care

“We should be outraged at the invasion that’s being allowed on our most intimate means of communication,” according to a Republican state senator from Minnesota.

Cellphone Spy Tools Have Flooded Local Police Departments

Major cities throughout the U.S. have spent millions on mobile surveillance tools—but there are still few rules about what happens to the information they capture.

Digital Privacy Battle Against Manhattan District Attorney Wages On

The Center for Democracy and Technology continues to press Facebook’s right to protect its users from overreaching search warrants in court.

Half of American Adults Are in Police Facial-Recognition Databases

Cities and states are investing in biometric scanning technology, with few laws in place to restrict what they can do with it.

Developing Intelligence: All About Metadata

How can we provide information to developers while protecting the privacy and security of individuals?

What Exactly Is a 'Smart' City?

Many cities are grabbing onto the "Smart City" label by integrating information technology into some services. But the truth is there's no clear definition for the term.

How License-Plate Readers Have Helped Police and Lenders Target the Poor

Law enforcement can access privately-collected location information about cars—and some low-income neighborhoods have faced extra scrutiny.

How States Can Improve Cyber Threat Intelligence Sharing With the Feds

Virginia has taken a number of steps to boost interoperability with federal agencies: consolidating network infrastructure, investing in fusion centers and filling its cyber workforce gap with community college grads.

Pennsylvania Just Launched a State-Level Open Data Program

Created by executive order, a centralized open data portal is planned for August.

The ‘Textalyzer’ Fills an Important Need for Law Enforcement. But Does It Violate Privacy?

In New York state, some lawmakers want to equip police with technology to check if a mobile device was used right before a car crash, but opponents say that gives them too much power.