The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima wrote an article about the US government's incredibly sloppy job with maintaining a list of terror suspects. If they can't even keep innocent people off the list, how can we expect them to protect anybody from real terrorists?
One man went into a Glen Burnie, Md., Toyota dealership to buy a car,
only to be told that a name check revealed he was on a U.S. Treasury
Department watchlist of suspected terrorists and drug dealers. He had
to be "checked for tattoos," he said, to make sure he wasn't the
An 18-year-old found he could not open an account to accept credit
card payments for his fledgling technology consulting business
because his name was similar to that of a Libyan official on the
A former U.S. Navy officer who served in the Persian Gulf and whose
father was killed in the Korean War when he was a child, found
himself locked out of his PayPal account because his name was similar
to one on the watchlist.
Link (Via Farber)
Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched About Face, a new national campaign to end governmental use of facial recognition technology for surveillance at all levels -- city, state and federal.
Back in 2017, EFF, ACLU and ACLU of Massachusetts sued the US government on behalf of 11 travelers whose devices had been subjected to warrantless, suspicionless searches by Customs and Border Protection at the US border.
EFF has just posted a job listing for a development director, seeking someone to "take charge of EFF's eleven-person Development Team in their efforts to raise over $13 million each year," starting late 2019 or early 2020.
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