"Richard Clarke, a member of the White House review panel and a former White House counterterrorism adviser, said he thinks the NSA can use traditional methods -- such as obtaining a court order -- to obtain data as part of counterterrorism investigations.
"Although we might be safer if the government had ready access to a massive storehouse of information about every detail of our lives, the impact of such a program on the quality of life and on individual freedom would simply be too great," the group's report said."
We have been updating this article every month since March 2015. Few things could make me happier than if there was nothing to add to the 200 or so links; each of which highlights another instance of abuse of power. As you scroll down to the bottom of this essay you will find another abuse of power that came to light in Februray 2016. I chose the following to illustrate that the 4th Amendment is in many ways. A person's health and medical issues is between the person and their doctor. We realize there are also insurance companies and more importantly family members that will learn of an individual's situation. Nowhere does law enforcement fit into the equation unless an illegal act has taken place. Then and only then is there probable cause for a warrant. Only when there is a warrant should law enforcement have the ability to access a person's medical information. http://www.sltrib.com/news/2438954-155/fire-chief-sues-over-alleged-misuse
Whether speaking about ALPR (Automatic License Plate Reader), CCTV (Closed Circuit Television cameras), drones or other invasive technologies such as a device called the "Stingray", the fact is biometrics is the ingredient that links the "capture" of a digital facial image/photo to the identity of the individual. You can capture a license plate using ALPR but that would not in and of itself tell anyone who is driving the car. You can tell a certain car, registered to a certain person, runs a red light, but without the facial image/photo of the driver and the use of facial recognition software, it is difficult at best to prove who was driving the car. You can watch people walk in and out of a house. Public records can tell you owns the house. It takes facial recognition software to be able to determine which of the people walking into the house is the actual owner.
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