Technology, particularly as it relates to its use by government agencies and law enforcement, is advancing faster than Virginians fully appreciate and exponentially quicker than legislators and watchdog groups can formulate policies to regulate it.
Law enforcement and regulatory agencies across the Commonwealth are buying (or acquiring through the federal government) military-style equipment including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly referred to as drones, and surveillance equipment like automated license plate readers, body mounted police cameras, facial recognition software, and stingrays. They are gaining access to data maintained by private companies without warrants or customer consent or knowledge. They are integrating information gathered from these private sources or using increasingly invasive surveillance technologies into coordinated government data bases without meaningful public participation in the decision whether and how to use these new technologies or build such databases on Virginians.
The ACLU of Virginia protects due process and privacy rights for all Virginians.