Law enforcement arrests hundreds after compromising encrypted chat system

Law enforcement arrests hundreds after compromising encrypted chat system

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has made 746 arrests and dismantled dozens of organized crime groups after intercepting millions of encrypted text messages, BBC reports.

Hundreds arrested as crime chat network cracked

Hundreds arrested as crime chat network cracked

Media captionThe BBC's Tom Symonds is shown how a customised Android phone with EncroChat installed works A top-secret communications system used by criminals to trade drugs and guns has been "successfully penetrated", says the National Crime Agency.

Edmonton police to watch some high-crime areas with CCTV cameras

Edmonton police to watch some high-crime areas with CCTV cameras

A six-month pilot project will see surveillance cameras installed in areas where crime is high or large groups tend to gather.Rosnau said he was not familiar with the Whyte Avenue surveillance project but does not expect the cameras will act as a crime deterrent.

Has the battle for privacy already been lost?

Has the battle for privacy already been lost?

“With over a third of consumers across 10 countries (roughly 350 million people) experiencing cybercrime in the last year alone, consumers are understandably concerned about their privacy and attempting to take action to protect it,” the report says.

Vancouver woman sues city and police chief over surveillance trailers

Vancouver woman sues city and police chief over surveillance trailers

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver woman is taking the City of Vancouver and its chief of police to court over what she calls an invasion of privacy because of trailers with surveillance cameras set up in her neighbourhood.

Trump's Secret New Watchlist Lets His Administration Track Americans Without Needing a Warrant

Trump's Secret New Watchlist Lets His Administration Track Americans Without Needing a Warrant

National security officials say that though the government is still debating the full scope of the new watchlist, they are concerned that applying the terrorism standard imperils Americans' civil liberties and privacy rights.

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

The bi-partisan push to install the privacy protection mechanism was led by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT), and came following the news a planned addition to the PATRIOT Act, which is due to be renewed this week, would allow law enforcement to collect people’s browsing histories without a warrant.

Baltimore turns to aerial surveillance to combat homicides

Baltimore turns to aerial surveillance to combat homicides

Analysts alerted to a crime will be able to zoom in from the city-wide image and move backward and forward in time to identify the movements of potential suspects and witnesses, telling officers within hours just where to look for people who traveled to and from the scene.

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, April 24, 2020, ruled against a grassroots think tank and area activists who asked him to keep the surveillance program from taking off, arguing that it violates their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

Using Google's location tracking can put innocents in jail.

Using Google's location tracking can put innocents in jail.

The data showed that Zachary had passed the house three times on his bike, which made him the prime suspect for the police.When warrants are being issued for fishing investigations based on a 'hunch' that the suspect might have used a Google device, basic privacy protection rights are being violated.

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore officials determined to reduce violent crime have approved an eyes-in-the-sky program that uses surveillance planes to create a visual record of everything that can be seen in the streets below.

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

Ron Taig, with the Livonia Police Department in Michigan, shows the Neighbors portal made available to law enforcement agencies who sign agreements with Amazon's Ring subsidiary.Last year, Livonia PD signed a partnership with the Amazon subsidiary allowing citizens using Ring's Neighbors app to report suspicious activity caught on surveillance.

Police arrested an innocent man for murder using Google location data

Police arrested an innocent man for murder using Google location data

Police then turned to Google to help them crack the case, issuing a warrant for geofence information on all the active accounts in the area at the time of the crime, according to a report from the Phoenix New Times.

Scottish police debuts portable 'cyber kiosks' that lets officers scan smartphones and laptops

Scottish police debuts portable 'cyber kiosks' that lets officers scan smartphones and laptops

The current process for reviewing on-device data could last for several months as devices were retrieved at crime scenes and sent to special labs for further analysis, which would leave both suspects, victims, and witnesses subject to the same frustrating wait times.‘The introduction of cyber kiosks will enable us to quickly identify if a device contains material related to an investigation,’ a video from the Scotland Police explains.

Apple Watch helps cops catch man lying about synagogue stabbing

Apple Watch helps cops catch man lying about synagogue stabbing

A 26-year-old man faked his own stabbing at the West Bloomfield synagogue where he worked and then reported he was attacked because of his Jewish faith, authorities say.

Seoul to install AI cameras for crime detection

Seoul to install AI cameras for crime detection

Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto Cameras with artificial intelligence (AI) software that the South Korean government claims can detect the likelihood of crime will be installed in Seoul within the year.The cameras will use AI software that processes the location, time, and behaviour patterns of passersby to measure the likelihood of a crime taking place.

Police using AI tech with 'troubling' secrecy, says former MI5 chief

Police using AI tech with 'troubling' secrecy, says former MI5 chief

Last week it emerged that the emergency services could in the future remotely deploy drones to monitor accidents or ongoing crimes.

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

"We need solutions that work, and Commissioner Harrison has told the City Council multiple times this year, as recently as October, that there is no evidence the surveillance plane is an effective crime-fighting tool.".

Not so IDLE hands: FBI program offers companies data protection via deception

Not so IDLE hands: FBI program offers companies data protection via deception

Sometimes, that involves field agents proactively contacting companies when they have information of a threat—as two FBI agents did when they caught wind of researchers trying to alert casinos of vulnerabilities they said they had found in casino kiosk systems.

The rise of facial data collection and mobile finger print scanning in the UK

The rise of facial data collection and mobile finger print scanning in the UK

In England and Wales, more than half of police forces have deployed mobile fingerprint scanners – devices that carry out on-the-spot ID checks against immigration databases, turning officers into border guards.

The Same FBI That Wants To Destroy Encryption Is Still Illegally Snooping on Americans

The Same FBI That Wants To Destroy Encryption Is Still Illegally Snooping on Americans

In the process of analyzing and reauthorizing the FBI's ability to engage in warrantless domestic surveillance under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, FISC Judge James Boasberg determined that on multiple occasions, FBI personnel were not properly restricting their searches and thereby violated the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens.

DOJ doesn't go far enough to limit searches of consumer DNA services

DOJ doesn't go far enough to limit searches of consumer DNA services

By requiring law enforcement officers to identify themselves prior to searching consumer genetic databases, it limits the problematic practice of officers posing as civilian users while uploading crime scene DNA.

Europol Looks Forward to a Substantial Collaboration with Amazon’s Alexa

Europol Looks Forward to a Substantial Collaboration with Amazon’s Alexa

The five pillars of the presentations concerned data retention methods, email address-based tracking, data protection considerations, global access to criminal evidence, and predictive policing.

New federal rules limit police searches of family tree DNA databases

New federal rules limit police searches of family tree DNA databases

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released new rules yesterday governing when police can use genetic genealogy to track down suspects in serious crimes—the first-ever policy covering how these databases, popular among amateur genealogists, should be used in law enforcement attempts to balance public safety and privacy concerns.

Rekor Systems Launches Public Safety Network

Rekor Systems Launches Public Safety Network

Any state or local law enforcement agency participating in the RPSN will be able to access real time data from any part of the network at no cost.“The Rekor Public Safety Network provides real time license plate reading (“LPR”), make, model and color alerting for law enforcement use only.

The Surveillance State Is Here and Now

The Surveillance State Is Here and Now

Amazon-owned Ring, which sells video doorbells and other security cameras, announced last week that it has “partnered” with more than 400 police departments across the United States to create the Neighbors Active Law Enforcement Map using the video feeds from doorbells bought, paid for, and installed by private citizens.

UK Police admit sharing images for King’s Cross Estate’s facial recognition

UK Police admit sharing images for King’s Cross Estate’s facial recognition

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the original information provided by the Metropolitan Police was also “incorrect” and that “they have in fact shared images related to facial recognition with King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership”.

The U.S. military is using solar-powered balloons to spy on parts of the Midwest

The U.S. military is using solar-powered balloons to spy on parts of the Midwest

The purpose of the balloons according to that filing is to “conduct high altitude MESH networking tests over South Dakota to provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats.”.

Cops Are Giving Amazon's Ring Your Real-Time 911 Caller Data

Cops Are Giving Amazon's Ring Your Real-Time 911 Caller Data

According to some internal documents, police CAD data is received by Ring’s “Neighbors News team” and is then reformatted before being posted on Neighbors in the form of an “alert” to users in the vicinity of the alleged incident.

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.