Harlan Yu

@harlanyu

Principal, Upturn

Police body camera scorecard focuses on key civil rights protections.

On Monday, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Upturn published Police Body Worn Cameras: A Policy Scorecard. The scorecard evaluates the body-worn camera policies of 25 police departments across the country in light of the Civil Rights Principles on Body Worn Cameras. The scorecard shows that every department has substantial room for improvement, and it highlights promising policy language that could serve as models for other departments.

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Lack of Public Access to Body-Camera Footage Comes Into Focus

As body-worn cameras roll out across the country, public access to the footage remains an open question.

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Civil Rights Coalition Announces Principles on Body-Worn Cameras

A diverse coalition of 34 civil rights, media rights, and privacy groups today released a set of civil rights principles on police-operated body worn cameras. The principles aim to guide law enforcement policies to ensure that the cameras become tools for accountability, rather than instruments of injustice.

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Data Brokers Target the “Urban Scramble”

Yesterday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a sweeping report on the inner workings of the data broker industry. The report found that data brokers “collect and store billions of data elements covering nearly every U.S. consumer” and that consumers are grouped into sensitive categories.

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Private Job Eligibility Databases Pose Serious Risks

Data brokers don’t just help marketers: now, according to an Federal Trade Commission study, they also provide background check services for companies making hiring decisions. But data brokers' information can be less than precise. And when mistakes are made with these databases, it’s someone’s economic livelihood on the line.

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