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This Tuesday, January 21st, we will join with Restore the 4th Massachusetts to lobby for S.899 (An Act relative to forfeiture reform). We want you to join us and encourage others to support this important bill. Civil asset forfeiture laws harm our 4th Amendment right to be free of unreasonable seizures of our property. It is most often directed at poor people and people of color. While it is justified as a measure to fight crime, it really helps pad police budgets in a manner that is una...
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On January 21st, we will help Restore the 4th Massachusetts organize a lobby day for S.899 (An Act relative to forfeiture reform). We want you to join us and encourage others to support this important bill. Civil asset forfeiture laws harm our 4th Amendment right to be free of unreasonable seizures of our property. It is most often directed at poor people and people of color. While it is justified as a measure to fight crime, it really helps pad police budgets in a manner that is unaccou...
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We are helping Restore the 4th Massachusetts organize a lobby day for S.899 (An Act relative to forfeiture reform) and want you to join us. Civil asset forfeiture harms our 4th Amendment right to be free of unreasonable seizures of their property. It is most often directed at poor people and people of color. While it is justified as a measure to fight crime, it really helps pad police budgets in a manner that is unaccountable to elected oversight. The lobby day is Tuesday, January 21st,...
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We are advocating for a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology in Massachusetts and the recent hearing at the state house demonstrated that there is a lot of support for it. However, efforts to adopt this technology by police often goes unnoticed or is hidden from public view.  Thankfully, MuckRock and Open the Government have setup a system to use FOIA requests to find out whether police are using facial recognition technology and how. Only four requests have been filed in M...
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Today at 6pm the Brookline's Advisory Committee is holding a meeting of its Public Safety Subcommittee to consider its recommendation on regulating law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in Brookline. The public is invited to attend and participate.  If this recommendation passes, Brookline could be the next municipality in Massachusetts to ban or limit governmental use of facial recognition technology. The meeting starts at 6pm and is scheduled to end at...
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Quick reminder that today is the State & Local Facial Recognition Tech Moratorium (S.1385 & H.1538) hearing before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. That hearing will start at 1pm, and will be in Room A-1 at the State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston. It is vital to have as many Pirates attend the hearing as possible. Even if you choose not to testify in person, your presence there will demonstrate to the committee that we need a facial recognition tech moratorium. The ACLU will h...
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Wednesday, Brookline's Advisory Committee is having a meeting of its Public Safety Subcommittee to consider its recommendation on regulating law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in Brookline. The public is invited to attend and participate. If this recommendation passes, Brookline could be the next municipality in Massachusetts to ban or limit governmental use of facial recognition technology. The meeting starts at 6pm and is scheduled to end at 8pm. It will be in the School ...
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The use of facial and biometric recognition tech is out of control, but we have an opportunity to stop Massachusetts state and local governments from using it.  We need your help to get the legislature to pass S.1385 & H.1538 which would ban governmental use of "at a distance" biometric tracking technology. You can help by: testifying at the upcoming committee hearing for these bills in person or in writing. Start writing your tes...
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Thankfully, we haven't seen any advance in the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act) since the Senate Judiciary Committee voted it out of committee. The House version is still being considered by the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. This bill would create within the Copyright Office a Copyright Claims Board which would have the ability to hear claims of copyright infringement and award damages up to $30,000. B...
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On July 18th, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up and voted out of committee the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act). This bill would create within the Copyright Office a Copyright Claims Board which would have the ability to hear claims of copyright infringement and award damages up to $30,000. This law is supposed to be an easier way for photographers and other artists to gain recompense when they claim their copyrights were infringed. However, ...
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