States across the country are in a rush to pass legislation limiting the use of high-tech drones by police. In another case of technology moving quicker than lawmakers, police departments have been buying up to former military-only devices in hopes of using the new toys in surveillance and who-knows-what-else. But, unlike other states, Arizona recently backed off proposed legislation, too concerned about the money that these robots-in-the-sky could bring in. [Read more…]
In a rush to beat technology to the punch, lawmakers across the country are scrambling to limit how and when law enforcement can use drones. Arizona is no different, with a few different bills on the table that would set regulations for the unmanned aircraft. [Read more…]
At midnight last night the infamous speed cams that viewed so many Arizona freeways were shut off. Originally put up in 2008 the cameras fell far short of their estimated potential revenue and the contract with their provider was allowed to expire.
Redflex, the company behind the cameras, has until November to finish removing all of the 78 cameras around Arizona. The company states it will keep the cameras up for another month to gather speed information despite the suspended use. [Read more…]
Northern Arizona State University will soon be tracking and monitoring students as they enter classrooms and other locations, by a computer chip embedded in student IDs.
Each classroom will have an RFID (radio frequency identification) detector that logs the short-range radio transmission chip in the ID cards, similar to how an EZ-Pass device logs your car as you go through a toll booth.
Many students are highlighting civil liberties and privacy concerns, questioning exactly how this data will be used and who it will be shared with. [Read more…]