Facing Tomorrow's High-Tech School Surveillance
Installed in the wake of recent high-profile mass shootings, controversial facial recognition systems that scan students’ faces could be the not-too-distant future for schools across America and beyond.
NYPD Says Talking About Its IMSI Catchers Would Make Them Vulnerable to Hacking
The police department refuses to say which models it uses in an FOI tussle with the NYCLU.
NYPD Sued After Refusing to Reveal Its Stingray Surveillance Budget
Privacy advocates are suing the secretive police department to find out how much it’s spending on cellphone surveillance devices.
Rochester Police Used A $200,000 Stingray To Track Gang Members
Police have used the once-secret counterterrorism tools for pretty much everything except terrorism.
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New York Just Struck a Deal to Rein in Solitary Confinement in State Prisons
4,000 inmates are currently housed in six-by-ten-foot cells for 23 hours a day. A $62 million settlement and promised reforms should begin to change that.
crime & drugs
Raw Coverage of the Eric Garner Protests in New York
Protesters have put out a call to converge on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting event.
NYCLU: Justice in New York Is Available Only to Those Who Can Afford It
For many poor New Yorkers, the constitutionally protected right to an attorney is just a pipe dream, according to a civil liberties lawsuit and report.
defense & security
Civil Liberties Groups Support Facebook's Fight to Limit Government Access to User Data
The NYCLU and ACLU filed briefs backing the company's case against the Manhattan District Attorney's warrant for access to 381 accounts.
Mary Emily O'Hara
A Chokehold Didn’t Kill Eric Garner, Your Disrespect for the NYPD Did
In an angry press conference, police union reps pretty much blamed everyone but police officers for the choking death of Eric Garner.
NYC School Cops Are Putting Kids on the Fast Route to Prison
New York City's teens aren't better behaved during summer than winter, they're just less surveilled by controversial school safety officers.
Another Mentally Ill Man Meets a Gruesome Death in Rikers Island Jail
Bradley Ballard, a prisoner at New York’s Rikers Island jail, was found in horrific conditions in his solitary cell in September 2013.