Posts by Jonathan Hofer
Jonathan Hofer is a Research and Marketing Associate at the Independent Institute. A recent Political Science graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, his interests include information privacy law, municipal surveillance, and the impact of emerging technologies on civil liberties
Court Hinges Privacy Rights on Smartphone Settings


“Yes, compelling someone to reveal information on how to decrypt data is compelling testimony from that person. But obtaining information from a person’s mind is not what happens when agents pick a finger to apply to the sensor.” —Judge Edmond E. Chang, qtd. in In re A white Google Pixel 2019 began with digital…
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Civil Libertarians Worry that Facial Recognition Tech Is Inaccurate, but Fears May Worsen After It’s Perfected


California Governor Gavin Newsom in September signed the Body Camera Accountability Act, a law prohibiting the use of facial recognition and other biometric tracking software in police body cameras. Following similar measures in San Francisco and Oakland, the law is the first statewide ban of its kind in the country.

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