ACLU sues U.S. government agencies for records on facial biometrics deployments and plans

The American Civil Liberties Union | March 12, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, accusing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of operating “a secret plan” to track all people at airports with facial recognition. The rights advocacy group says the degree of secrecy the agencies’ programs have been carried out under is excessive and undemocratic, and precludes the possibility of meaningful oversight or accountability. The complaint was filed in the District Court for the Southern District of New York, and asks the court to force DHS, CBP, the TSA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to produce records about the implementation of facial recognition in airports, along with future plans. The goal, according to the ACLU, is to bring the contracts the government has with other air travel stakeholder groups to public scrutiny.

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The Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law and Policy Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School respectfully offers this white paper to discuss a number of instances where the Federal Communications Commission’s rulemakings, rules, and other initiatives have been affected by intellectual property issues primarily regarding copyrights and patents that were unanticipated by the Commission. In disseminating this paper, we aim to begin a conversation about the state of intellectual property expertise at the Commission and propose recommendations for how the Commission can become better equipped to handle these issues when they arise.

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The Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law and Policy Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School respectfully offers this white paper to discuss a number of instances where the Federal Communications Commission’s rulemakings, rules, and other initiatives have been affected by intellectual property issues primarily regarding copyrights and patents that were unanticipated by the Commission. In disseminating this paper, we aim to begin a conversation about the state of intellectual property expertise at the Commission and propose recommendations for how the Commission can become better equipped to handle these issues when they arise.

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Nokia | January 15, 2021

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