Drones similar to those used by the military may soon be operated in civil airspace in the United States by law enforcement officials and civilians. Police departments in Texas, Florida and Minnesota have expressed interest in using drone aircraft.
Representative John L. Mica (R-Fla.) in recent weeks has been leading a push to take airport security screenings out of the hands of the Federal government to free up the industry for private contractors.
Over the past year, the growing computer surveillance industry has made great strides in creating software that may encourage computer users to unknowingly install surveillance viruses on their personal machines.
The Justice Department wants to solidify Internet regulations on citizens in the United States that criminalize such things as lying on Internet dating websites and uploading videos to YouTube that violate the company’s “terms of service” agreement. Opponents of the idea call the proposal draconian and say that making people felons for failing to adhere to website rules is ridiculous.
For years, State and local governments have used the Emergency Alert System [EAS] to notify the public of weather and other emergencies on a local scale, but today’s test will represent for the first time the Federal government’s ability to jam all State, local and national airwaves.
A growing trend in law enforcement has police officers wearing on-uniform video cameras to capture encounters with the public from the officer’s point of view. The cameras have already been fully implemented in departments in Cincinnati and Oakland, Calif., as well as Bainbridge Island, Wash., where they were initially tested.
As part of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign and a new National Terrorism Advisory System, DHS is looking at ways to better monitor social networks and “training hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers across the country in filling out suspicious activity reports” on social network postings.
Instead of raising fuel taxes, many lawmakers support what some Americans may consider an egregious invasion of privacy to raise funding for roadway repairs. The measure would require American drivers to equip their vehicles with a GPS tracking device to measure vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
Government investigators do not believe it violates the 4th Amendment to search information on cellphones and in emails without a warrant or even notification of the person being searched.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration Wednesday said it is updating scanner software to end the use of images that show a passenger’s naked body. The new software allows the full-body scanners in use at 78 U.S. airports to show images of objects under a person’s clothes without creating an intrusive image.