Civil Rights & Constitutional Law

Europeans asked Google for their 'Right to be Forgotten' 2.4 million times


After three years in effect, the European ruling with a name that sounds like it's straight out of a science-fiction book is revealing the things people most want to hide about themselves online.

Opinion AI 'gaydar' could compromise LGBTQ people's privacy -- and safety


JD Schramm is the MBA Class of 1978 Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

Shanghai Subway Surveillance AI Has Database of 2 Billion Faces


The AI algorithm, the name of which can be translated as either Dragon Eye or Dragonfly Eye, was developed by Shanghai-based tech firm Yitu. It works off of China's national database, which consists of all 1.3 billion residents of the Asian nation as well as 500 million more people who have entered the country at some point.

Dragon Eye Can Recognize Face Among Billions: Crime Fighter Or Big Brother?

International Business Times

A Shanghai company has claimed to have developed an AI that can recognize a face among at least two billion people in a matter of seconds.

The code of ethics for AI and chatbots that every brand should follow - Watson


It is of critical importance that bots do not abuse humans even if it's learned behavior that's a result of what the human has been feeding the bot. Requests from users to end communication should have a built in protocol to end the chat, preventing the bot from harassing or spamming a user. Language filters should be applied for any bots utilizing machine learning algorithms. There have been a few instances over the last year where some bots went rogue after being subverted by online trolls and began tweeting racist propaganda. The privacy and protection of user data is paramount in today's interconnected world. The launch of the General Data Protection Regulation protecting citizens of the European Union is a reflection of this. When building a bot, developers should consider the ethics of user privacy.

Beyond science fiction: Artificial Intelligence and human rights


"You are worse than a fool; you have no care for your species. For thousands of years men dreamed of pacts with demons. Only now are such things possible." When William Gibson wrote those words in his groundbreaking 1984, novel Neuromancer, artificial intelligence remained almost entirely within the realm of science fiction. Today, however, the convergence of complex algorithms, big data, and exponential increases in computational power has resulted in a world where AI raises significant ethical and human rights dilemmas, involving rights ranging from the right to privacy to due process.

Healthcare Robots and the Right to Privacy


The paper reveals author's personal conclusions derived from the fact that an increasing autonomy of robots is not a science fiction, yet it presents a notorious feature of modern era that requires a comprehensive and systematic legal approach. However, a European Parliaments' recently issued recommendation to consider robots as electronic persons seems inappropriate from human rights perspective and may reflect in serious violations of fundamental rights attached to all human beings. This article focuses on negative aftermaths of automaton and the impact they have on health law and the right to privacy. The fundamental principle of healthcare ethics, a protection of patient's clinical records presents a cornerstone of doctor-patient confidential relationship. The latter is, due to its importance, protected not only by national health legislations, yet also by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Right to privacy.


FOX News

Just one week after the sheriff's department in Cecil County, Md., got its brand new drone up and running, it was asked to investigate a case of stolen construction equipment. So the Cecil County Sheriff sent his Typhoon H Pro to investigate. The sheriff's department in Somerset County, N.J., hopes its drones could help it find missing people. "Years ago, when we had people wander off, we would bring out the rescue department, the fire department, fire department volunteers, K-9 if we had it and we'd search and search and search and never find the person," said Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provensano.

LA Fire Department could soon use DRONES

Daily Mail

Hamid Khan, founder of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, said that the drones could provide a'backdoor' to share information with the police. Hamid Khan, founder of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, said that the drones could provide a'backdoor' to share information with the police. Melanie Ochoa, staff attorney at the ACLU, said: 'We can't protect against mission creep because we don't know what the mission is to start with.' Melanie Ochoa, staff attorney at the ACLU, said: 'We can't protect against mission creep because we don't know what the mission is to start with.'

The latest NSA leak is a reminder that your bosses can see your every move

Washington Post

The answer, according to some former NSA analysts, is that the agency routinely monitors many of its employees' computer activity. It is a $200 million-a-year industry, according to a study last year by 451 Research, a technology research firm, and is estimated to be worth $500 million by 2020. Employee monitoring recently came to light in a high-profile lawsuit involving Uber and Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google's parent firm, Alphabet. Privacy advocates have been pushing for years to have Congress review various communications privacy laws in light of updates to technology.