Urban surveillance in The City of Angels: Watch out for the eyes in the sky

Urban surveillance in The City of Angels: Watch out for the eyes in the sky

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has recently gained approval to start recording the aerial footage captured by its helicopters.Recent Black Lives Matter protests around the country have sparked aerial surveillance at a federal and state level in multiple cities.

LAPD gets approval to begin recording, storing aerial footage of protests

LAPD gets approval to begin recording, storing aerial footage of protests

The Los Angeles Police Department received approval Tuesday to begin recording and storing aerial footage of protests and other large gatherings from its helicopters — a new capability that the department said would expand its “operational readiness” and protesters and civil liberties advocates denounced as unconstitutional government surveillance.

LAPD Got Tech Demos from Israeli Phone Hacking Firm NSO Group

LAPD Got Tech Demos from Israeli Phone Hacking Firm NSO Group

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) met with employees of the U.S.-branch of the controversial Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group and received a demo of the company's powerful phone hacking technology, according to emails obtained by Motherboard.

California Auditor Releases Damning Report About Law Enforcement’s Use of Automated License Plate Readers

California Auditor Releases Damning Report About Law Enforcement’s Use of Automated License Plate Readers

California police and sheriffs are failing to protect the privacy of drivers on city streets, the California State Auditor’s office determined after a seven-month investigation into the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by the Los Angeles Police Department and three other local law enforcement agencies.

Victory! EFF Wins Access to License Plate Reader Data to Study How Law Enforcement Uses the Privacy Invasive Technology

Victory! EFF Wins Access to License Plate Reader Data to Study How Law Enforcement Uses the Privacy Invasive Technology

San Francisco—Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) have reached an agreement with Los Angeles law enforcement agencies under which the police and sheriff’s departments will turn over license plate data they indiscriminately collected on millions of law-abiding drivers in Southern California.

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

A Bloomberg article last year gave some details of how the Los Angeles Police Department uses Palantir’s Gotham product for Operation Laser, a program to identify and deter people likely to commit crimes: Information from rap sheets, parole reports, police interviews, and other sources is fed into the system to generate a list of people the department defines as chronic offenders, says Craig Uchida, whose consulting firm, Justice & Security Strategies Inc., designed the Laser system.