Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you
Catherine Crump - Attorney + privacy advocate
Catherine Crump is an assistant clinical professor at Berkeley Law School who focuses on the laws around data and surveillance. Full bio
on protestors in Ferguson, Missouri,
shooting of Michael Brown,
military weapons and equipment,
across the United States.
with surveillance equipment.
surveillance is enabling
to gather vast quantities
about each and every one of us
never previously possible.
be very sensitive.
the United States,
to a therapist,
or if you don't go to church.
information about you
about everyone else,
a detailed portrait
about what happens behind closed doors.
decisions about who they think you are
driving mass location tracking
Automatic License Plate Reader.
know what to look for --
on police cars,
capture images of every passing car
into machine-readable text
against hot lists
are keeping records
passes them by,
of mass quantities of data
his local police department
reader data they had on him,
time and location,
photographs that captured
often who he was with.
is a picture of Mike and his two daughters
in their own driveway.
hundreds of photos like this
in the United States,
that they have photographs
about your daily life.
is keeping all of this information?
this data has plummeted,
simply hang on to it,
one police department
departments are doing it.
individual pots of data,
into one vast database
Federal Drug Enforcement Administration,
primarily interested in this,
the existence of this database.
equipped with license plate readers
figure out who is attending.
aren't limited to the United States.
on a plate reader watch list
lawful political demonstrations
and sketch the attendees.
only mass location tracking technology
a cell tower dump,
uncover who was using
at a particular time,
and even hundreds of thousands of people.
can send tracking signals
to identify the cell phones located there.
which house to target,
to drive this technology
high-tech military weapons and equipment,
the United States
we do about this?
civil liberties threat.
have massive quantities of data,
maybe for political advantage,
be governed by the city councils,
about innocent people
uses of the technology to go forward.
About the speaker:Catherine Crump - Attorney + privacy advocate
Catherine Crump is an assistant clinical professor at Berkeley Law School who focuses on the laws around data and surveillance.
Why you should listen
Catherine Crump is a civil liberties lawyer whose work focuses on combating government surveillance and protecting the free speech rights of political protesters. She has filed cases challenging the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security. Crump is an assistant professor at Berkeley Law School; previously she was an attorney for ACLU for nine years.
In her writing for the ACLU, Crump warns against the dangers of national mass surveillance technology, which can all too easily end up as tools for local police forces. She writes, "Not only our country as a whole, but also the police, will be better off in the long run if we have an open debate about what today’s technology can do, versus what it should do."
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