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CBP agents in Nogales rely on technology in race against Mexican drug cartels

Arizona accounts for more than 9% of drugs that cross the land border into the U.S. from Mexico each year, and technology does some of the dirty work of stemming the flow as Mexican cartels work to stay steps ahead of them.... Read more»

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'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»

Proposed iPhone protections could put LGBTQ youth at risk

Virtual communities have long provided a space for LGBTQ youth to explore their identities, but as technology companies ratchet up surveillance in the name of content moderation, the digital privacy of LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable people may be at risk.... Read more»

Customs & Border Protection ordered to disclose social media surveillance rules

U.S. Customs and Border Protection cannot withhold information on its rules for authorizing agents to use fake identities and non-government accounts to spy on social media users, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. ... Read more»

Analysis

Why opening restaurants is exactly what coronavirus wants us to do

Governors continue to open indoor dining before vaccinations become widespread. Experts warn this could create superspreading playgrounds for dangerous variants and squander our best shot at getting the pandemic under control.... 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»

National Guard flew surveillance aircraft over Phoenix Black Lives Matter protests

The Arizona National Guard has been helping the Phoenix Police Department monitor Black Lives Matter protests using helicopters and an airplane that has been used for counter-drug operations along Arizona's border with Mexico.... Read more»

Arizona AG sues Google for consumer fraud over cell phone tracking

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich claimed in a court filing that Google has violated Arizona's Consumer Fraud Act in the way it gathers location data, and he is asking the tech giant to pay millions of dollars in fines and restitution.... Read more»

Trump plans to collect DNA from nearly a million immigrants despite charges it violates privacy

Pilot projects could lead to the Trump administration storing genetic material from children as young as 14 years old in the name of fighting crime. ... Read more»

Border agents can now get classified intel - experts call that dangerous

The Trump administration is creating a center that will give immigration agents access to information from U.S. intelligence agencies. Migrants and others denied entry will be unable to see the evidence against them because it is classified.... Read more»

ACLU asks for data on 'Stingray' surveillance targeting immigrants

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a freedom of information request Friday for documents outlining how U.S. immigration authorities use cellphone surveillance equipment known as "Stingrays" to track down immigrants for deportation. ... Read more»

Can border officials search your phone? These are your rights

Recent detentions and seizures of phones and other material from travelers to the United States have sparked alarm. We detail what powers Customs and Border Protection officials have over you and your devices. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Examining Trump’s wiretap claim

With no evidence, President Trump called it a “fact” that “President Obama was tapping my phones in October.” He compared the alleged surveillance to the criminal acts of “Nixon/Watergate.” Yet, Trump provided no support for the startling claim, and when the White House press office finally got around to explaining the tweets, it undercut Trump’s baseless claim.... Read more»

Arizona police agencies get low marks for body camera policies

Police departments in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson fell short in a new report that rated departments for policies that ensure that body cameras are a “tool for accountability, not a tool for surveillance” by agencies. ... Read more»

McSally demands info about FBI surveillance flights over Tucson

In a letter to the FBI's director, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally asked officials to brief her on the use of small planes to conduct government surveillance in and around Tucson. ... Read more»

Win: Tickets to sold-out Greenwald screening of 'Citizenfour'

The Oscar-winning documentary "Citizenfour" is sold out Thursday night at the Loft. The film will be followed by an onstage discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, and you could win a pair of free tickets!... Read more»

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