ACLU Critiques Flock Safety

By Isabella Cheng, Published Mar 04, 2022, 11:44am EST (Info+)

The ACLU in a recent report warned of the "mass-surveillance system" that Flock Safety is building by selling ALPR products to networks of police and private entities.

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In this report, IPVM examines the ACLU's findings and recommendations on Flock Safety, including comments from Flock on the ACLU report.

Executive *******

*** ****'* ****** ****** ** ***** safety,"****-******* ******* ***** ** ******** * new **-****** ****-************ ******", ************ *** ***** *****, ********** the ******** *** ******* ****** ********, warns ** ********* ***** ******, *** recommends ****** ****** ** ****** **** data. **************, *** **** ********** ******* users ** ***** ** "***** **** and ****" ***** ******* **** ***** need ****.

Flock's ***** ********* ******** **** ********

*** ***** ********* ** ******* ******-****** surveillance ********* ** ********** ******* ********. Flock, *** ****** ** $*.* ******* USD,****** $*** ******* ** *** **** 7 ******, ************ ** *** ******** ********. Flock ********** *** ***** ******, **** being ** ******* ****** ** **** **** ** 1,500+ ****** ** ******** ****, *** **** ****** ** **** causing ***** **** ***** ******* *** privacy *********.

Flock: **** ***** "**** **** * ***** ******* ******"

***** **** **** **** *** **** paper *** "**** **** * ***** factual ******," *** ************ ****** ***** alleged ****** ** *** ******:

***** *** *** ******** **** ** my *********. * **** *** **** would **** ******* *** ** ** before ******* ****, ** ** ***** have ********* *** **** ****** ****'** published - **** ***** ***** **** we ******* ****** **** ***** **** Axon (** ***’*), **** ***** *** ** **** governing ***** (***** ***, ************** ****, **** ***** ** *** ***** compliant *** **** **** ***** *** founding), **** *** *** ****** *** political ***** ****** ******** **** ***** (you ***’*), *** ***.I ******* **** **** * ***** ******* ****** that could have easily been avoided if the reporter simply reached out to us for clarification, which I appreciate that you have always done before writing about Flock. [emphasis added]

*******, ***** ******** ** ******* * full **** ** ******* ****** **** IPVM ******** **, ******* **** ***** would ****** ** "**** ******* ** the ******** *** ***** *** **** and ***** ****."

ACLU ******** ** ***** **********

*** **** ********* *** ***** ** Axon *** ***** ******'* ***********. **********, the **** *****:

***** **** ******** ****** **** ******* for ****** ******** ******* ******************* **** ****** ******* ****.

**** *** ***** **** ******* **:

***** **** *** * *********** **** the **** ****** ******* **** ** provide ****** **** ******* *** ****** vehicles.

*** **** ********* **** *** *** issue **** ** **** ********** *** flow ** * ****** ** *** collaboration:

***** *** **************** ******** * “***-*** *********** **** Axon” ********. ** ****** ** *** language *** *** ******* ** **** whose ******** ** ******** ** **** integration *** **** ******** *** ******** in *** ******. **** ****, ** the *** ** *** ***,it *****’* ****** *** ***** *** ********, **** ******* ** **** **** ** ********* *** ***** ** *****. [emphasis added]

*******, *** **** ***** *** ****** on *** ******** ** *****'* ****** sticker ********* **********:

** *** ******, ** **** *****’* marketing *********, ********* ********** ***** *******,that **** *** *** ******* “**** *** ******” ** * ******* ** ******* *************** ********* “****** ********.” If Flock is saying that it has flipped some switch and turned off the bumper sticker functionality, then I’m glad to hear that given the First Amendment sensitivities involved. But given that the company has in the past provided, and continues to sell, that capability to customers, and could easily flip that switch back on in the future — and more broadly, given that this is an AI capability that will always be possible to apply to any collection of photographs of cars — I’m sure you can understand that people concerned about privacy take cold comfort in this assurance. [emphasis added]

*******, *** **** ******** *****'* ************** that ** **** ******** *****:

We ***** **** ** **** ***** ** *****. We have a whole section in the report on how the company is subject to state laws and constitutions and possibly the federal Constitution. We do make the point that there are no laws that adequately protect people’s privacy when a private company compiles a lot of information about masses of people. [emphasis added]

"Unseemly" ****** ****** *************

*** **** ****** *****'* ******* * "public/private *******-******** *******," ** ***** ***** taps *** **** ****** *********** *** also ******* ******** (*.*. **********, ********** associations) ** ******* ******* ** **** the ******* "********* ********** ***** ****** the **."

*** **** ******** *****'* ******/******* ************* model ** **** ** ****, *** said **** ***** "** ******* (*** enlisting *** ********* ** ****) ******** as ** ***** ** *** *********** even **** **** ****." *******, *** ACLU ****** **** **** ************* *** look "******** *** ******** ******* *** public."

***** ***** ******* **** ****** ** "try *** ******** ******** ***** ********, improve ***** ** ********, *** ***** more ******* ******* **** *** ****," according ** ***** ****** ************* ********** ** *** ****. ***** ********** ******* **** * ***** ****** department** ***** ***** ****** *** ************ entities ** *****, ** **** ************* uncovered, ***** *** **** **** *****.

"New *****" ** ******: ****** ******-******* ************

*** **** ****** **** * ****** public-private ************ *******, ** ***** *** data ** ****** ** *****, * private *******, ********* ** **** ******* concerns ** * "*** *****":

** *** **** ** **** ***** that *********** ******* ************ ******* *** less ** * ****** ** ***** liberties **** *********** ************ ******** — but **** ****** **** ** *** those ******* ******* **** ********* ** a *****, *** ****** ***** ** to **-********** ****. ** ******* *** the **** ******** ** *** ********* ********* *** ****** ********* — into *** *** *********** *******,Flock *** **** ******* ** ********** ******** *******-****** ******* ******** ** **** ** *********’ **********, *** **** ****** ** **** *******’* ******. [emphasis added]

******* ********* *** **** **** ********** to ***** ****. ** *** ***** hand, *** **** ** ***** ** the ********** ** "*** *** ****," the **** *****:

*************, **** ******* *** * **** tradition, ********* ** ** *** *******, of *** *********** ********* ****** *** because ****’** ********* ** ******** ******** but ******* ** ***** ********* ** religious ******* ** ****. **** ******** quasi-private ************. ***** *** **** **** documented ********* ** ********** ******** ******* police *********, ********* **** *********.

*** **** **** ******* *** ****** with ******* ***** ******* *** ***** system:

** ******, *** *********** *** *** company *** *** *** **** ******** sources ** *****; ***** *** ****** of ******* ** ***** ***** **** homeowner *********** ***** ******* *** *** like ***** **** **** ** ***** on *** ******* *** ****** ** their ********* (*** ***** *********’ *******, family, ******, ***.). ************ ************** *** not ******* ** **** **** ******** and ********* ** ** ******* ** the ******, *** ***’* ********* **** how ** ****** ****** ************, ** they **** ***** ** ***** **.

Accuracy ******** **** ****

****'* ******** ****** *** ***** ******** situations ** ***** ******** ****** *** "terrorized" ** ******, *** **** ********. Flock ******* **** ******** ******,** **** ******** ** *** **** of *****'* *******. *** *******, ***** ******* ***** 1 ** ** ******* ***** ****** incorrectly *** ********** ************* ******* ********** (i.e. ******* ****** *** *** ****).

Accuracy ******** **** *** ***** ********

*** ***'* ********, *********** ***** *********** ****** (****), ******* ***** ***** ****** ******* plates ** **** ****** ****, ******** on *** ***, ***. ** "*********** inaccurate," *** **** ****. *******,**** **** ****** *** ******** ******* to ****** ********* **** **** *** database *** ***** ******. ***** *** ***** ****** ** plates ***** *** (*** ******* * month), "*** ************ ** ****** ** those ********* ****** ******* *********."

Privacy ******** - ** *** ********* *** ****

*** **** ********** *****'* ** *** retention ****** ** *** ****:

*****, ***** *** ***** ** **** system, ** **** ** * **** enough ****** **** ** ***** **** privacy *****, ********** ** ***** ******* continue ** ****, ********* ** ****-****-******** record ** ******’* *********.

****** *** ******* ********* **** ** right ** ***** ******* ******** *** behavior, *** **** ****:

****** *** ****** ** * *** of ********* ***** *** ******* ******** within ** **** — ********* **** would ****** ****** ***** ***** *********, financial, ******, *********, ** ******* ***** that ****** ** *** ****** ** in * ******* **** ***** *** a ***** ** *****.

*** **** ********** *****'* ******** ** privacy ******** ** **********:

******** ********** ***** *******, ***** ********** mention ***** ********, ** ** ****’* the *** ** **. *** **’* not *** *** ** **; ***** are **** ***** ******* ************ ** license ***** *********** ** *******, *** Flock’s ****** ** **********, **** *********** need ** ********.

************, *** **** ******* *** **** while *** ******* *** * ****** to ****** **** ***** ** ****, there ** ** *** ** ****** and ** **** ** ************ ******* that **** ** ****.

Concerns **** ********* ****** ****

******** *****'* ******** ********* ******* ****** ALPR, ***** *** **** **** **** the ******* ****"* *** ** *********** ** *** traditional [************] ******."*** **** ********* ******** **** ***** will *** ** ***** *** ******-******* model ** ******** ************ ******* *** create ******* ************:

** **** ** *****-******** *** ****** of *********** ****** ****** ******** *** helping ********* ***** ************ **** ******** collections ** ******* **** ***** ******** dragnet ************ *****.

*** **** **** ********* ***** *****'* expansion ** *********, ********* *****'* "****** analysis" ** ***** ***** *** ******* cars **** *** **** **** ***** at ******** *****.

*******, *** **** ****** *****'* ************ of*****, * ******* *** ***** ********* product, "* ********* *********" ***** *** "raise *********** ***** ****** *** ** wiretapping ****." *** **** ******* ** false ***** ****** **** ***********'* ******* detection ******* *** ****** ** "*********** brittle *** **********."

Legal ****** ********

*** **** ****** ********* ***** ****** with *****'* ******* *** ******** *****, including ******* **** ********** *** ************** and *****'* ********* ************ **** ********** agencies.

*****, *** **** ******* ** * cases **** ******* "*** ****** *** of *******-*** ************ ** ***** ** aggregate *******’ ********* *** *********." ** both ** ***** *****, *** ******* court **** **** “*********** **** * reasonable *********** ** ******* ** *** whole ** ***** ******** *********."

****** ****** *. ************ **** ***** * *** ******* to ****** * ***'* ******** *** 28 **** *********** * *** ********* search. ****** **** **** ******* * warrant ** ******* * ** **** days ** *******'* **** ***** ********,********* *. ****** *************. ***** * ******* **** **** there ** **** *********** ** ******* for ****** *** **** ***** ** public.

******, *** **** **** **** ***** could ** **** *********** *** ************** violations ** * "***** *****," ******** it ** * ******* *******. ** past *****, *** ******* ***** *** found ******* ******* ** ** ***** actors, *** ********* ******* ** **** that ***** ***** ** ********** ********.

*** *******, ** * ******* ***** "perform[s] ****** ********* **** **** ************* and *********** **** ********* ** *** government," ** ** *** ********** *** private ***** *** "*********** ***********" **** each *****, *** ******* ***** ***** be ********** * ***** *****.

*** **** *********** ** **** ** **** ** 16 ********** ******** ** *** ******* **** of **** ** ** **** ** legislation **** ***** ****** *** ******** impact *****'* ******** *****.

Recommendations *** ************

*** **** ** ******* ******* "****-************ system" **** ***** ** ********:

*** ******should *** ****** *** ************ ** *** ****-************ *******, including through private-public law enforcement systems such as that being built by Flock. [emphasis added]

*** **** **** ********** *********** ** enact ***** ** ****** ****, *********:

  • ***-*** **** ****** ** **** *** "very ***** *******," ****** *** ********* state *** **** ******* ***-*** **** 3 ******* ***** *******, ***** ***** currently ***** *** **** *** ** days.
  • ** *** ** *** ***** ****** they **** *** "******* *********" ** "due *******, **********, *** ***********," ******** to ******** ****** **** *** ****.
  • ************ ** **** ******* ** *** enforcement **** ***** **** **** ******.
  • ********** ** "******* ********* ************ *******" and ******* ***** ******** ****** ******** a ***** ***********.
  • ************ ****** ****** *** ** ************ technology ********* **** ****** ***** *** debate ** *** ***** ********** ***** to ******* **** **********.

Urges ******* ************ ** ******** ******* **** *********

*** **** **** ***** ******* ******** to "** * *******, ***** **** and ****" ***** ******* **** ***** need **** *** ***** ******* ************ technologies. ** * ******* ****** **** decide ** *** ****, **** ****** disclose **** *** ** *** ****** and **** * *********** *** ******** plan ** ***** *** ****** ****** access *** *******.

Flock ********

** ******** ** *** ****'* *****, Flock ********** ** **** **** *** company ** "******* ****** ***** ***+ crimes ***** ****** ***" *** ****** US ********* *** *****'* ******* *** funding *** ******:

****’* *** *******. *** ******* ** to ********* ***** ****** ** ******* framework. **’** ********** ***** ** *** progress **’** ****** ** **** **** 1500 ****** ****** *** *******, ********* the **** **** *** ******************’** **** **** ** **** *****, the ****** ** ****** ****** **’** been **** ** **** *****, *** countless *** ******** ******, ******** *****, robberies, **********, ******** ******, *** **** crimes **** **’** **** **** ** help ***** *** ***** ******* ** communities - *********** ********** ****** *********, **, *** ***** ***** in **** *****, **,*** ******, **,**** ******, **,********, **, *** **** ****. **’** ******* police ***** ***+ ****** ***** ****** day. *** ****’* ********* ** *** all *** ******.

*** ******** ** *** ******* ******** that ***** ** * ******* *** we **** ** ** ********* ***** it. ** ********* ***** **** ** the ***** ** *** ***** **** week, *** ********* ****** ***** **** we **** ** “**** [*** ******] with ********* *** ********.”

**’** ***** ** ******** ** ****** creating * *****, **** ********* ******* with **********, ********, *** ******** **** actually **** ***** *** ******* *** civil *********.

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*** **** ***** **** *** ****** to *** *** ******** (** ***** like *****)? ***'* *** **** ** be * *** *********** ****** ** get ******?

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*****'* ********* ** ********* ****** ******** was ** ******** ** **.

**** *** *** ****** *** ********* party ****** ******** **** ***** (*** can’t)

***** * **** *** ***** ******** of ***** ********* * ****** ******* search ******** - *.*. "************" ** "Liberal" ****** ******** - *****'* *** marketing ******** **** **** **** *** capture ****** ******** - ********* ** example ** * ********* ***. ************, if ***** ****** *** ******** **** Flock ************ ***** - ** *** user ***** ******** ****** *** ****** in *** ***** ****** ** **** politically ******** ******** *** **** ** a ******* ***** / ******.

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***** **** **** *** *** ** searchable, ***** ** ** ******** **** plate ******** **** **** **** ************ details **** ** ****** ********, *******, cargo, ***. *** **** ** ******** investigations *** ***** ** **** *** other *******, ********* ********* ***** ******.

* ***'* ***** ***** *** **** their *** *** ** **** ***.

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* **** ** **** *********** **** Flock ****'* **** ********* ************ ******** ****** ********* *** ****.

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**** *** ***** ****** ****** **** with **** *****. ******* ******.

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**’** ******* ****** ***** ***+ ****** every ****** ***. *** ****’* ********* we *** *** *** ******.

*****? **** ******** **** ****** *** reporting **** ** ***** ****** "******". I **** **** **** *******, *** does **** *** ***** **** *******.

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