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The advance of technology presents both opportunities for and challenges to liberty. As new technologies are implemented, their impacts on civil liberties must be considered. The ACLU supports uses of technology that enhance privacy and freedom while opposing those that undermine liberty and move us closer to a surveillance society.
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Judge fines Tacoma Police Department for withholding public records about invasive surveillance device
Seattle City Council adopts nation’s strongest law to protect utility customer personal data
Amazon Should Stop Selling Face Surveillance Technology to the Government


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Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Eliminating funding for gunshot detection systems in this biennial budget will help to safeguard the public from bearing the expense and the negative impacts of unnecessary and invasive technologies.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
In Washington state, several courts use automated decision systems, including applications that are controlled and kept secret by corporations to form jury pools.
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Friday, March 11, 2022
For the fourth consecutive year, the ACLU of Washington and the Tech Equity Coalition successfully fought the adoption of weak privacy regulations in the Washington
Monday, February 28, 2022
Fact-checking corporations on Washington's data privacy landscape
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Every day, corporations and governments use algorithms, or complex and often non-transparent formulas, to make decisions about our lives.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Last week, Bellingham voters approved a ban on government use of facial recognition and predictive policing technologies by their city.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Tacoma Police Department violated Public Records Act, failed to disclose information on invasive surveillance technology
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Every day, people are denied healthcare, overpoliced, kept in jail, and passed up for jobs because of decisions made or aided by computers.
Monday, June 7, 2021
A comprehensive review of 70 empirical studies of body-worn cameras found that body cameras have not had statistically significant or consistent effects in decreasing police use of force. While some studies suggest that body cameras may offer benefits, others show either no impact or even possible negative effects.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Amazon today announced it will indefinitely extend its moratorium on sales of face recognition technology to law enforcement. In June 2020, amidst nationwide protests against police violence, Amazon announced a one-year pause on its sale of the technology to police.