A notice to request tech companies for providing "voluntary assistance" to law enforcement, which includes "removing electronic protection, providing technical information, installing software, putting information in a particular format and facilitating access to devices or services." Technical Assistance Notice (TAN) : This notice requires, rather than request, tech companies to give assistance they are already capable of providing that is reasonable, proportionate, practical and technically feasible, giving Australian agencies the flexibility to seek decryption of encrypted communications in circumstances where companies have existing means to do it (like at points where messages are not end-to-end encrypted).
The new anti-encryption bill allows Australia to go to companies such as Facebook and Apple and use “technical notices” to demand that software compromises be made so that law enforcement can access the encrypted messages.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU governments agreed on Friday to toughen up draft rules allowing law enforcement authorities to get electronic evidence directly from tech companies such as Facebook (NASDAQ: ) and Google (NASDAQ: ) stored in the cloud in another European country.
In its post, the ACLU said the test raises privacy concerns because people on the street may be captured by the pilot system and it's unclear how the Secret Service determines who is a "subject of interest."
This article is organized into four parts: (1) reviewing the benefits and risks of an EA encryption system from a policy viewpoint; (2) providing a skeletal definition of the security guarantees that EA encryption should provide in order to mitigate the policy risks; (3) listing several possible capabilities that an EA system might provide in an attempt to identify a minimum viable product together with law enforcement; and (4) constructing policy to revive research into EA’s technology challenges, an area that has been mostly dormant for two decades.
In a deal between the attorney general, Christian Porter, and his shadow, Mark Dreyfus, the government has agreed to limit the powers to investigation of “serious offences” and add new safeguards to agencies’ ability to demand tech companies build backdoors into their products.
These agreements, the first of which would be with the United Kingdom, would empower foreign law enforcement agencies to order U.S. tech companies to produce data about individual users without a warrant, so long as the search target is not a U.S. citizen or resident.
EFF and MuckRock are releasing ALPR records obtained from 200 law enforcement agencies, accounting for more than 2.5 -billion license plate scans in 2016 and 2017 Today we are releasing records obtained from 200 agencies, accounting for more than 2.5 -billion license plate scans in 2016 and 2017.
And contrary to claims we’ll hear for the next few decades from law enforcement about the life saving properties of face surveillance tools, it’s unlikely that the technology will ever stop a mass shooting, terrorist attack, or other serious threat to public safety.
"The targeted use of surveillance equipment used during investigations into drug trafficking, human smuggling, human trafficking and other illicit activities is consistent with other federal law-enforcement agencies," ICE officials wrote in an emailed statement to KHOU 11.
In to the Department of Defense, EPIC has proposed privacy safeguards for the agency's Personnel Vetting system of records. EPIC opposes the records system's disclosure standards that authorize sharing of individuals' personal information with any requesting source as part of an investigation, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and foreign law enforcement entities.
Both the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights. It's unclear where the DEA and ICE streetlight cameras have been installed, or where the next deployments will take place.
More specifically, at fault of breaking the EU regulations is the telemetry data collection mechanism utilized by Microsoft Office, as reported by Dutch authorities. Apparently, Microsoft collects up to 25,000 types of Office events data which is accessible to at least 30 engineering teams.
Earlier this week, the DEA issued a solicitation for “concealments made to house network PTZ [Pan-Tilt-Zoom] camera, cellular modem, cellular compression device,” noting that the government intended to give the contract to Obsidian Integration LLC, an Oregon company with a sizable number of federal law enforcement customers.
Making the risk of data breach even greater, law enforcement often stores its iris biometrics on databases operated by vendors and other private third parties.
What used to be officers canvassing the area where a crime took place is now a warrant sent to Google to obtain location data and identifying info for all people and devices in the area.
On Wednesday, he cited sources from the forensic community who’ve told him that Apple’s efforts to keep bad actors and law enforcement from cracking into its users’ phones have paid off. In March, Forbes reported that GrayShift counts at least one ex-Apple security engineer as part of its team.
A group of over 400 employees signed a letter in June urging Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to law enforcement and working with Palantir, which provides digital services to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
But still, in a set of presentation slides obtained by Motherboard this week, one company specialising in mobile forensics is telling investigators not to even look at phones with Face ID, because they might accidentally trigger this mechanism.
Co-founder of block-chain startup Loki, Josh Jessop-Smith is concerned that the Australian encryption bill would entirely undermine their project. The main concern is that by allowing law enforcement to access encrypted data, it is a possibility that the business deal revolving around that data may become vulnerable and thus, get exploited easily.
A French police officer has been charged with using police intelligence data to power a mobile phone tracking service sold via the dark web. Operating under the username Haurus, the officer allegedly sold the service via a dark web site called the Black Hand.
Tech heavyweights Google and Facebook have joined civil and digital rights groups in an unusual alliance aimed at defeating Australia’s planned encryption laws. The Communications Alliance chief executive, John Stanton, said the government was trying to ram its encryption legislation through without proper consultation.
In one consultation, Liberty claimed, groups were told the new database would include information the goverment and police have no legal right to hold; but will do so regardless.
Earlier this September, law enforcement officials from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance—made up of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—met in Australia and issued a Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption .
According to recently released US federal contracting data, the Drug Enforcement Administration will be expanding the footprint of its nationwide surveillance network with the purchase of “multiple” trailer-mounted speed displays “to be retrofitted as mobile LPR [License Plate Reader] platforms.” The DEA is buying them from RU2 Systems Inc., a private Mesa, Arizona company.
US law enforcement has forced an Apple iPhone X user to unlock their device with their face as part of an investigation. Law enforcement, search warrant in hand, then demanded that the man unlock his iPhone X which was protected by Face ID.
That transparency is especially important when it comes to the actions of local police, who carry weapons and have the power of arrest. In the state of California, accessing records about basic police policies often requires the filing of a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request.