Fusion centers are surveillance and intelligence-gathering outfits run by state and local police, often with staffing and funding from the Department of Homeland Security. Established in the wake of 9/11, fusion centers are supposed to provide "information fusion" by funneling local reports of potential terrorist activities to DHS. In practice, fusion centers provide cheap and unsupervised surveillance technologies to local police while sending unreliable information back to DHS. Instead of engaging in counter-terrorism, fusion centers often end up supporting local police and private companies, particularly large retail businesses, in surveilling suspected shoplifters, protesters, and vulnerable communities.
EPIC calls for ending federal funding of fusion centers.
- EPIC Urges DHS Advisory Committee to Investigate Fusion Centers + (Oct. 27, 2020)
- Supreme Court Upholds Residents-Only Provision in Virginia Open Records Law + (Apr. 29, 2013)
- Senate Report Finds Fusion Centers "Wasteful," Likely Violate Federal Privacy Laws + (Oct. 3, 2012)
- EPIC, Coalition Urge NYPD to Limit Use of Surveillance Technologies and Disclose More Information on Their Use + (Feb. 25, 2021)
- EPIC, Coalition Urge Biden Administration to Halt Use of Facial Recognition + (Feb. 17, 2021)
- European Parliament Guidelines Call for Moratorium on Facial Recognition + (Jan. 22, 2021)
- FAA Announces Final Rule for Remote Drone ID + (Jan. 6, 2021)
- New York Enacts Law Suspending Use of Facial Recognition in Schools + (Dec. 23, 2020)
- Massachusetts Poised to Ban State Use of Biometric Surveillance + (Dec. 1, 2020)
- LAPD Bans Use of Clearview AI Facial Recognition + (Nov. 19, 2020)
- EPIC Seeks Documents on Facial Recognition System Used to Identify D.C. Protester + (Nov. 13, 2020)
- #ReclaimYourFace: European Civil Society Groups Oppose Biometric Surveillance + (Nov. 13, 2020)
- Portland, Maine Votes to Add Teeth to Ban on Facial Recognition + (Nov. 4, 2020)
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