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Should you worry about data from your period-tracking app being used against you?

After a draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating that Roe v. Wade would be overturned, people were expressing concerns about the privacy of period-tracking app information - now, experts answer questions on data access and usage.... Read more»

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Apple digital driver’s license in Arizona raise privacy concerns

Arizona is the first state to allow driver’s licenses to be placed in Apple’s digital wallet, but digital rights activists are concerned about what it could mean for the future of privacy. ... Read more»

Arizona bill requiring redactions on all body camera footage is back

Sen. John Kavanagh, who spent decades as a police officer, is reviving a measure that would heavily redact any body-worn camera footage released to the public, including requiring nearly all faces be blurred - though Arizona already has privacy exemptions to the public record law. ... Read more»

Is online learning creating a virtual school-to-prison pipeline?

Because of the pandemic and virtual learning, behavior in the classroom that would simply be referred back to the parent for home correction is now open to scrutiny by teachers in an academic setting, and these policies have led to negative unintended consequences for students.... Read more»

A mother needed welfare. Instead, Arizona used assistance funds to take her son.

Each year, Arizona redirects upward of $30 million of its welfare funding to the Department of Child Safety - over $8 million more than the state spends on welfare itself - who then investigate the same low-income families who could have benefited from cash assistance.... Read more»

Laws shield hospitals from families who believe loved ones contracted COVID as patients

Throughout the pandemic, lawmakers from coast to coast have passed laws, declared emergency orders or activated state-of-emergency statutes that severely limited families’ ability to seek legal accountability on hospitals infection-control practices in COVID-related care.... Read more»

Court says Arizona AG has enough information for case against Google

An Arizona judge says that the state has collected more than enough material from tech giant Google and it’s time to move onto a trial over the company’s privacy policy - the result of an investigation by the Arizona attorney general that has been going on since at least 2018.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Adoptees nationwide may soon gain access to their original birth certificates

American culture has shifted significantly during the 70 years since amended birth certificates became the norm in adoption, and in response, many legislatures are changing their policies - but for every step forward, there also are proposals restricting full access.... Read more»

When your criminal case Is dopped, but your mugshot lives forever

As the country debates the path forward for criminal justice reform, the practice of running digital mugshot galleries of arrestees, and the long-lasting harm caused by law enforcement agencies’ practice of publishing booking mugshots online, has largely flown under the radar.... Read more»

'Pseudo Satellite' plane completes test in Arizona desert, worries privacy advocates

A new breed of aircraft that flies in the stratosphere just completed a set of tests in the Arizona desert, breaking new records and worrying privacy advocates about what the aircraft may hold for the future. ... Read more»

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago buddies tried to get the VA to sell access to veterans’ medical records

A congressional investigation prompted by ProPublica’s reporting found Trump’s “Mar-a-Lago crowd,” wealthy civilians with no U.S. government or military experience, pursued a plan for the Department of Veterans Affairs to monetize patient data.... Read more»

How Facebook undermines privacy protections for its 2 billion WhatsApp users

Since paying $22 billion to buy WhatsApp in 2014, Facebook has been trying to figure out how to generate profits from a service that doesn’t charge its users, and despite assurances to users that no one can see their messages, the company has an extensive monitoring operation. ... Read more»

States move to ban 'vaccine passports'

As Americans figure out what post-pandemic life will look like, some states are taking steps to ensure that proof of vaccination ― or so-called “vaccine passports” ― won’t be part of it, amid a wider Republican-led push to curtail public health authorities’ powers. ... Read more»

Arizona DPS troopers could get body cams, along with restrictions blocking release of footage

Republican lawmakers are poised to give the Arizona Department of Public Safety money to equip all state troopers with body-worn cameras — but along with the money comes severe restrictions on the public’s ability to ever see what those cameras capture.... Read more»

Judge denies Brnovich's demand for summary judgment in Google fraud case

An Arizona judge rejected a request from Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich for a partial judgment in an ongoing consumer fraud lawsuit against Google, ruling that the state did not have sufficient evidence and the case should move forward with jurors. ... Read more»

ACLU wants the goods on secret data deal used to track immigrants

The ACLU complained in federal court Wednesday that the Trump administration is staying mum about its efforts to track immigrants’ movements using cellphone location data.... Read more»

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