Data Privacy

People Are Starting to Realize How Voice Assistants Actually Work

The secrecy surrounding AI products makes even basic information about them a scandal.

States Back Off on New Data Privacy Laws

A lot of state legislators sought to follow California in imposing new regulations on consumer data privacy. In most states, they didn't make it that far.

Digital Driver’s Licenses Could Become a Real Option in Some States

Several states have run pilots for digital driver’s licenses, which would allow residents to supplement plastic ID cards with smartphone apps. But as the technology becomes more of a reality, experts are worried about the privacy implications.

Big Tech Surveillance Could Damage Democracy

COMMENTARY | Oversight and regulation may seem dramatic and anti-growth at the moment, but it is a necessary check on big tech.

Are We Having The Right Privacy Conversations?

COMMENTARY | How we value our privacy has a lot to do with what we get in return. This is true in both the private and public sector.

Why Data Privacy is a Matter of Economic Justice

COMMENTARY | Congress may pass federal privacy laws to prevent a patchwork of state laws from arising. That's important for low-income Americans.

Inside One Lawmaker's Proposal for a Privacy Bill of Rights

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey’s, D-Mass., sweeping privacy framework would limit the amount of data companies collect on users and require more transparency about how it’s being used.

A Patchwork of Privacy Laws Will Stifle Innovation

COMMENTARY | The president of the Consumer Technology Association says California's privacy law—along with proposed legislation in Washington state and Massachusetts—will create a tangle of rules that "stifle competition and choke small businesses."

Without a Federal Privacy Law, States Are Left to Figure Out How to Protect Consumer Data

Representatives of the technology industry, and some state officials, say having broad privacy laws in each state could curb innovation. But other states leaders argue intervention is necessary to protect consumers.

Government Watchdog Urges Congress to Start Moving on a Privacy Law

GAO researchers recommended lawmakers give regulators more power to write rules and punish the companies that break them.

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When Regulating New Tech Harms Public Safety

COMMENTARY | Facial recognition technology is new and nascent, but not a departure from the innate abilities humans are born with. Efforts by states to limit its use harms public safety and deters innovation.

After a Ransomware Attack, More Unwelcome News for Local Government Employees

An abundance of caution months after a cyber assault on one municipality’s IT systems.

U.S. Circuit Court’s Big Ruling in Smart Meter 'Warrantless Search' Case

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | $200 million in seized personal property in Arizona … Pittsburgh’s steepest street declaration … and explore Charlotte’s expanded airport concourse.

Privacy Concerns Raised With Connecticut’s $10 Million Electronic Tolling Study

“If Connecticut does not restrict how it shares toll information, state tolls could become an on-ramp for the federal government’s deportation machine,” the ACLU says.

Orlando Does an About-Face on Facial Recognition Technology

The city’s police department is moving forward with the second phase of testing weeks after the initial pilot program ended amid concerns raised by civil liberties groups.

Keeping Students' Data Safe

David Couch, chief information officer for the Kentucky Department of Education, discusses student data privacy, the biggest threats to his state's system and cutting down on the information that school districts collect.

The Difficult Balance of Transparency and Privacy for Local Governments

“Risk will never be zero so it has to be actively managed,” according to Jason Lally, data services manager for the city and county of San Francisco.

States Stumble on Internet Privacy

Broad-based consumer bills on internet privacy and net neutrality failed or are still pending as state legislative sessions wind down. And the ones that have passed have been limited.

Artificial Intelligence for Policing Stirs Ethics Concerns

A top body camera company has launched a panel to explore the issue. Civil rights and privacy groups aren't totally satisfied.