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)
- Maine Becomes First State to Enact Statewide Ban on Face Surveillance + (Jun. 30, 2021)
- 4th Circuit Rules That Baltimore Warrantless Aerial Surveillance Program Violates Fourth Amendment + (Jun. 24, 2021)
- In EPIC Suit, DOJ Identifies 182 Location Data Requests in District of Rhode Island from 2016-2019 + (Jun. 21, 2021)
- European Data Protection Authorities Issue Joint Call for Ban on Facial Recognition Across the EU + (Jun. 21, 2021)
- EPIC Asks D.C. Circuit to Review Decision Endorsing Secrecy of Drone Advisory Committee Working Groups + (Jun. 18, 2021)
- EPIC, Coalition Calls for Surveillance Reforms in Response to DOJ Surveillance of Congress and Reporters + (Jun. 18, 2021)
- After Meeting with EPIC, DC Council Chairman Seeks More Information About DC-Area Facial Recognition System + (Jun. 10, 2021)
- EPIC, Coalition Call for Global Ban on Biometric Recognition Technologies + (Jun. 7, 2021)
- EPIC, Coalition Call for Ban on Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition + (Jun. 3, 2021)
- King County, WA Bans Local Government Use of Facial Recognition + (Jun. 2, 2021)
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