Scraping Court Records Data to Find Dirty Cops

Scraping Court Records Data to Find Dirty Cops

Below, we’ve provided a detailed breakdown of what this potential reality could look like when applied to one South Florida county’s public databases, along with information on how citizens and communities can use public data to better understand the behaviors of local law enforcement and even individual police officers.

Missourians who tipped off county about lockdown rule-breakers fear retaliation after detail release

Missourians who tipped off county about lockdown rule-breakers fear retaliation after detail release

The names and addresses of approximately 900 people in Missouri were released as part of a media request under the Sunshine Law, which allows for the release of information submitted to a public agency (except for wrongdoing and abuse tips).St. Louis County had urged the community to share details of anyone not following guidelines in response to the coronavirus pandemic and noted in the terms and conditions that information may be shared publicly.

Massive data leak exposes medical records, mugshots and IDs of more than 36,000 US inmates

Massive data leak exposes medical records, mugshots and IDs of more than 36,000 US inmates

JailCore was left unsecure and unencrypted on an Amazon server, impacting locations in Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia The bucket was discovered by vpmMentor on January 3rd, but was not closed until nearly two weeks later.

New Jersey cops told to halt all use of controversial facial-recognition technology

New Jersey cops told to halt all use of controversial facial-recognition technology

The order was issued Friday to county prosecutors, concerning a New York-based company called Clearview AI.“Like many people, I was troubled,” state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said about the company’s techniques, which were first reported by The New York Times.

Why parents in a school district near the CIA are forcing tech companies to erase kids’ data

Why parents in a school district near the CIA are forcing tech companies to erase kids’ data

Like thousands of American public school districts, Montgomery county gives students laptops and has hired tech companies to track students’ activities on those computers, including monitoring what they search for and what websites they visit.

DNA genealogical databases are a gold mine for police, but with few rules and little transparency

DNA genealogical databases are a gold mine for police, but with few rules and little transparency

Fields said he was guided by “common sense” in the two cases he has searched consumer DNA — the July hunt for a serial rapist, and a 2018 arrest of a man for the unsolved murder of a college co-ed.

North Carolina County Loses $1.7 Million to BEC Scam

North Carolina County Loses $1.7 Million to BEC Scam

The scammers impersonated a building contractor that was constructing a new high school in the County and succeeded in redirecting a $2.5 million payment to their account.Advanced email security solutions such as SpamTitan can identify and block these BEC threats.

New Report Finds Border Communities Inundated with Surveillance Technologies

New Report Finds Border Communities Inundated with Surveillance Technologies

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today published “The Atlas of Surveillance: Southwestern Border Communities,” the first report from a new research partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism.

Amberwood Care Centre hit with class action over timeclocks requiring workers to scan fingerprints

Amberwood Care Centre hit with class action over timeclocks requiring workers to scan fingerprints

Toyya Young, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a class action complaint June 27 in Cook County Circuit Court against Damen Healthcare Group LLC and AMBD Property LLC, doing business as Amberwood Care Centre LLC, alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. According to the complaint, Young was employed by the defendant and during the course of her employment she was required to clock in and clock out using her fingerprint.

Virginia Court Throws Out License Plate Readers Data Collection

Virginia Court Throws Out License Plate Readers Data Collection

Smith is a victory for privacy rights advocates who argued that the police could track a person’s movements by compiling the times and exact locations of a car anytime its plate was captured by a license plate reader,” writes Tom Jackman in the Washington Post.

Victory! Fairfax, Virginia Judge Finds That Local Police Use of ALPR Violates the State’s Data Act

Victory! Fairfax, Virginia Judge Finds That Local Police Use of ALPR Violates the State’s Data Act

In its reversal, the Virginia Supreme Court found that the photographic and location data stored in the department’s database did meet the Data Act’s definition of ‘personal information,’ but sent the case back to the Circuit Court to determine whether the database met the Act’s definition of an “information system.” Judge Smith’s ruling affirms EFF’s view that the ALPR system does indeed provide a means through which a link to the identity of a vehicle's owner can be readily made.

California Attorney General Must Investigate Improper Database Searches on Community Observers at Controversial Police Event

California Attorney General Must Investigate Improper Database Searches on Community Observers at Controversial Police Event

On April 12, Media Alliance and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a request for investigation into possible misuse of the CLETS database and a request that the agency cease all similar background checks on journalists and advocates engaged in oversight roles.

Chicago is Tracking Kids With GPS Monitors That Can Call and Record Them Without Consent

Chicago is Tracking Kids With GPS Monitors That Can Call and Record Them Without Consent

“I can’t quite even start down the parade of horribles in terms of all the ways this could be a problem,” said Sarah Staudt, senior policy analyst and staff attorney for Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and a former juvenile defense attorney in Cook County.

Facial recognition overkill: How deputies cracked a $12 shoplifting case

Facial recognition overkill: How deputies cracked a $12 shoplifting case

WCSO Via public records requests, CNET reviewed seven sheriff's office reports that showed facial recognition being put to use in making an arrest. Deputy Jeff Talbot, Washington County's public information officer, said WCSO has made arrests on "crimes on multiple levels" using Rekognition, not just minor offenses.

Prison Tech Company Is Questioned for Retaining ‘Voice Prints’ of People Presumed Innocent

Prison Tech Company Is Questioned for Retaining ‘Voice Prints’ of People Presumed Innocent

But in Fort Bend County, Texas, a few miles outside Houston, there’s something else you must relinquish if you want to use the jail phone: your “voice print.” Voice prints are unique, digitized vocal signatures that enable authorities to conduct voice recognition analysis on calls.

Hearing Wednesday: EFF Asks Court to Unseal Phone Tap Order That Was Among Hundreds of Questionable Wiretaps Approved By California Court

Hearing Wednesday: EFF Asks Court to Unseal Phone Tap Order That Was Among Hundreds of Questionable Wiretaps Approved By California Court

Riverside, California—On Wednesday, February 13, at 10:00 am, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will ask a state court to unseal a wiretap order issued against individuals with no criminal records to learn why the phones were tapped and whether the warrant authorization process was legitimate.

Technology won’t solve America’s mass school shooting dilemma

Technology won’t solve America’s mass school shooting dilemma

In the wake of the Parkland, Sandy Hook and other school shootings too numerous to mention, U.S. school districts and parents who pay the bills are pouring millions of dollars into high-tech surveillance, crisis response, and police technologies in a desperate search for solutions.

Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints

Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints

According to Securus’s 2019 Investigator Pro contract with Alachua County, Florida (which includes Gainesville), “Inmates will participate in a covert voice print enrollment process.” In Texas, state prisoners must enroll in the voice recognition program if they want to make calls.

Hanover residents may be at risk after data breach of online payment system

Hanover residents may be at risk after data breach of online payment system

– Credit card information for Hanover County residents may have been compromised after a data breach of the Hanover County online payment system. County officials say they were recently notified that online payments made between August 1, 2018 and January 9, 2019 through the Click2Gov portal were compromised.

Feds using Houston company to put surveillance cameras in streetlights

Feds using Houston company to put surveillance cameras in streetlights

"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.

EFF Sues San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to Obtain Records About Use of Privacy Invasive Cell-Site Simulators

EFF Sues San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to Obtain Records About Use of Privacy Invasive Cell-Site Simulators

San Bernardino, California—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department today to gain access to records about search warrants where cell-site simulators, devices that allow police to locate and track people by tricking their cell phones into a connection, were authorized in criminal investigations.