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.

Amazon Requires Police to Shill Surveillance Cameras in Secret Agreement

Amazon Requires Police to Shill Surveillance Cameras in Secret Agreement

Ring donated 15 free doorbell surveillance cameras to the Lakeland Police Department, and created a program to encourage people to download its “neighborhood watch” app, Neighbors.

Tech firms “can and must” put backdoors in encryption, AG Barr says

Tech firms “can and must” put backdoors in encryption, AG Barr says

He also accused tech firms of "dogmatic" posturing, saying lawful backdoor access "can be and must be" done, adding, "We are confident that there are technical solutions that will allow lawful access to encrypted data and communications by law enforcement, without materially weakening the security provided by encryption.".

Murder suspect identified by DNA database has now been convicted

Murder suspect identified by DNA database has now been convicted

To find persons of interest in criminal investigations, genetic genealogists upload DNA data found at the crime scene to GEDmatch and look for matches to distant relatives.

Germans fear return of 'scary' surveillance

Germans fear return of 'scary' surveillance

Now, Germany's national police -- like many law enforcement services -- wants access, not only to phone data, but also information collected by digital assistants such as Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Chief Executive of Communications Company Sentenced to Prison for Providing Encryption Services and Devices to Criminal Organizations

Chief Executive of Communications Company Sentenced to Prison for Providing Encryption Services and Devices to Criminal Organizations

“I want to thank prosecutors Andrew Young, Ben Katz and Mark Pletcher, as well as the FBI, DEA, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshals Service, Washington State Police, the Bellingham and Blaine Police Departments, and all of our law enforcement partners around the world, including Australia, Canada, Panama, Hong Kong, and Thailand for their hard work on this case,” Brewer said.

Facial recognition tech prevents crime, police tell UK privacy case

Facial recognition tech prevents crime, police tell UK privacy case

Ed Bridges, an office worker from Cardiff, claims South Wales police violated his privacy and data protection rights by using facial recognition technology on him.

Amazon heads off facial recognition rebellion

Amazon heads off facial recognition rebellion

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Rekognition can match photos to databases holding millions of people's faces Shareholders seeking to halt Amazon's sale of its facial recognition technology to US police forces have been defeated in two votes that sought to pressure the company into a rethink.

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

Still, the San Francisco Police Officers Association, an officers’ union, said the ban would hinder their members’ efforts to investigate crime.

San Francisco Becomes 1st US City to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco Becomes 1st US City to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco supervisors voted to pass a surveillance oversight legislation Tuesday that includes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police and other city departments.

The Doorbell Company That’s Selling Fear

The Doorbell Company That’s Selling Fear

A report from Pew last month asked people about various topics in local news and asked both whether they thought they were important or interesting and, if so, why. Those surveyed overwhelmingly said crime news was important.

Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State

Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State

“Where there are cameras, they often don’t work,” said Ms. Rueda, 61. But during a Times visit, 30 police officers were on duty to check the footage. The best way to fix the neighborhood’s crime problems is to fix the surveillance system, she said.

Google Helps Police Identify Devices Close to Crime Scenes Using Location Data

Google Helps Police Identify Devices Close to Crime Scenes Using Location Data

It's no surprise that law enforcement seeks help from tech companies during criminal investigations, but the use of location history databases like Sensorvault has raised concerns...

When you get online – get paranoid

When you get online – get paranoid

OPSEC is your online footprint – it reaches from the furthest corners of the internet to the devices that you use and takes into account the things that you do every day.

How to Stop Google’s Sensorvault From Sharing Your Location With Law Enforcement

How to Stop Google’s Sensorvault From Sharing Your Location With Law Enforcement

Google gathers that location history data you’ve provided into a database named “Sensorvault,” and law enforcement can query it with a warrant: For years, police detectives have given Google warrants seeking location data tied to specific users’ accounts.

Cybercrime market selling full digital fingerprints of over 60,000 users

Cybercrime market selling full digital fingerprints of over 60,000 users

Image: ZDNet. The reason why a marketplace like Genesis has come to exist today is because in recent years, online services have improved their anti-fraud systems, and are now capable of detecting abnormal account login activity by looking at more details, rather than only a user's username and password.

AI-based predictive policing systems widely used in US and UK, despite concerns about privacy, and flaws in the approach

AI-based predictive policing systems widely used in US and UK, despite concerns about privacy, and flaws in the approach

For example, Motherboard found that numerous US police forces in cities and municipalities that are home to over 1 million people use a system from a company called PredPol. According to the home page, “PredPol uses a machine-learning algorithm to calculate predictions.

The U.S. May Soon Have a De Facto National DNA Database

The U.S. May Soon Have a De Facto National DNA Database

One is traditional law enforcement DNA databases: Every state and the federal government has enacted legislation identifying whose DNA is subject to government collection and search for crime detection purposes, and each has limited its database to some subset of individuals arrested or convicted of crimes.

Police Are Increasingly Taking Advantage of Home DNA Tests. There Aren’t Any Regulations to Stop It.

Police Are Increasingly Taking Advantage of Home DNA Tests. There Aren’t Any Regulations to Stop It.

By the time authorities in Sacramento, California, announced an arrest in the Golden State Killer case in April 2018, Moore had spent years uncovering family secrets for hire as a self-taught expert in DNA and genealogical research.

Modern policing: Algorithm helps NYPD spot crime patterns

Modern policing: Algorithm helps NYPD spot crime patterns

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) The software, dubbed Patternizr, allows crime analysts stationed in each of the department's 77 precincts to compare robberies, larcenies and thefts to hundreds of thousands of crimes logged in the 's database, transforming their hunt for crime patterns with the click of a button.

This AI Detects Shoplifters Before They Steal, But There's Something Even Creepier About It

This AI Detects Shoplifters Before They Steal, But There's Something Even Creepier About It

to protect the safety of stations, airports, shopping streets, houses and school roads," ignores the threats created by giant databases of highly personal information that have proven, as in the cases of Equifax, Mariott, and Yahoo among others, to be poorly secured soft targets that can be VAAK's valorous talk of using their technology to analyze "suspicious activity, dangerous behavior, annoying behavior, etc.

Cyber criminals earn $3bn a year exploiting social platforms

Cyber criminals earn $3bn a year exploiting social platforms

Apps, adverts and links are the primary delivery mechanism for cryptocurrency mining software on social platforms, with the majority of malware detected by this research mining monero (80%) and bitcoin (10%), earning $250m a year for cyber criminals.

Neighbourhood Watched

Neighbourhood Watched

We are campaigning alongside Liberty for the public to have a greater say as to whether their local police force should be allowed to use such highly intrusive technologies.

You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250 for the privilege

You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250 for the privilege

The proposed database appears to be focused on making it easier for law enforcement to use DNA in investigations, but Kaye said it's not targeting the right people to make a significant impact when it comes to solving cases.

Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software

Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software

The documents obtained by Motherboard—which include PredPol contract documents, instructional manuals and slide presentations for using the software, and PredPol contract negotiation emails with government officials—were obtained from the police departments of South Jordan, UT; Mountain View, CA; Atlanta, GA; Haverhill, GA; Palo Alto, CA; Modesto, CA; Merced, CA; Livermore, CA; Tacoma, WA; and the University of California, Berkeley using public records requests.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s 10 Most Surveilled Neighborhoods

The San Francisco District Attorney’s 10 Most Surveilled Neighborhoods

According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency , “The system is designed so that it can only take a photograph during a red light and cannot take a photograph during a yellow or green light.” Although the SFMTA reports it has 20 red light cameras across the city, the District Attorney data includes 26 of these cameras.

UK police use of computer programs to predict crime sparks discrimination warning

UK police use of computer programs to predict crime sparks discrimination warning

The rapid growth in the use of computer programs to predict crime hotspots and people who are likely to reoffend risks locking discrimination into the criminal justice system, a report has warned.

Chinese face-recognition technology spots wanted man at 60,000-people concert

Chinese face-recognition technology spots wanted man at 60,000-people concert

The most funny and cyberpunk dystopia part was, during a test run, if the jaywalkers don't want to pay a fine, traffic police has given them another opinion: posting an warning of your misbehave on your social media account!The mass-deployment may be coming soon.And it is rumored that the subways would soon require a proof of identity.

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