While thousands of Taylor Swift fans were watching the singer at a concert earlier this year, Swift was also watching them. Her security team used hidden facial recognition technology to scan the crowd for stalkers, employing a mode of surveillance that’s still in its infancy and prone to corruption, said Woodrow Hartzog, a Northeastern law professor who studies technology and privacy.
The Supreme Court will be busy this term, hearing cases on voting rights, the First Amendment and discrimination, collective bargaining, and privacy in the age of cellphones. We asked legal scholars Dan Urman and Michael Meltsner to weigh in on which cases they’re watching, and both said Justice Kennedy may tip the scales in a number of significant ones.
Northeastern’s Alan Mislove and Christo Wilson have been researching whether the algorithms e-commerce and other websites use to analyze user profile data, web-browsing choices, and other online information may lead to discrimination. Now the ACLU has sued the government on their and others’ behalf so they can continue to do so without prosecution.