Ring asks police not to tell public how its law enforcement backend works

Ring asks police not to tell public how its law enforcement backend works

Amazon writes scripts for cops to sling Ring home cameras, report says Law enforcement has access to a companion portal that allows police to see an approximate map of active Ring cameras in a given area and request footage from them in the course of an investigation.

Bernie Sanders calls for a ban on police use of facial recognition

Bernie Sanders calls for a ban on police use of facial recognition

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has called for a complete ban on the police use of facial recognition as part of his campaign’s broader plan for criminal justice reform.

Tech Tent: Is your face on a watch list?

Tech Tent: Is your face on a watch list?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Surveillance cameras are now often backed up with facial recognition systems Is it a brilliant new law enforcement tool helping keep public spaces safe from criminals and terrorists?

Arsenic in the water of democracy: UK police, politicians and privacy activists clash over facial recognition deployments

Arsenic in the water of democracy: UK police, politicians and privacy activists clash over facial recognition deployments

We call on the Government to issue a moratorium on the current use of facial recognition technology and no further trials should take place until a legislative framework has been introduced and guidance on trial protocols, and an oversight and evaluation system, has been established.

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Unlike other video doorbells and surveillance products, police often end up promoting Ring sales through partnerships with the company."When an industry association that represents security and surveillance camera companies thinks that your practices are too invasive and lack transparency, that really says something," Fight for the Future's deputy director Evan Greer said in a statement.

Police can get your Ring doorbell footage without a warrant, report says

Police can get your Ring doorbell footage without a warrant, report says

That alone raises troubling issues, but according to a pair of new reports, Ring also gets access to real-time 911 data, and the company helps police work around a need for search warrants when looking for footage.

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.

How Hong Kong’s Protestors Are Hindering (and Hijacking) the Tools of Surveillance

How Hong Kong’s Protestors Are Hindering (and Hijacking) the Tools of Surveillance

The channel was largely created in response to cops no longer wearing their identification badges, and reportedly doxxed officers with posts including their personal information, social media posts, and both intimate photos and photos of their family.

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Hong Kong authorities have also attempted to clamp down on Telegram group members, which protestors say is taking cues from the ways China polices the Internet.

Everything Cops Say About Amazon's Ring Is Scripted or Approved by Ring

Everything Cops Say About Amazon's Ring Is Scripted or Approved by Ring

Photo: APAmazon’s home security company Ring has garnered enormous control over the ways in which its law enforcement partners are allowed to portray its products, going as far as to review and even author statements attributed to police in the press, according to emails and documents obtained by Gizmodo.

Amazon Told Police It Has Partnered With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies

Amazon Told Police It Has Partnered With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies

At least 200 law enforcement agencies around the country have entered into partnerships with Amazon’s home surveillance company Ring, according to an email obtained by Motherboard via public record request.

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.

Police facial recognition could target 'literally anybody', senior MP says

Police facial recognition could target 'literally anybody', senior MP says

According to internal documents uncovered by Sky News, South Wales Police - the force leading the Home Office-backed trial of the controversial technology - places "persons where intelligence is required" on its watchlists, alongside wanted suspects and missing people.

We Tested Europe’s New Lie Detector for Travelers — and Immediately Triggered a False Positive

We Tested Europe’s New Lie Detector for Travelers — and Immediately Triggered a False Positive

It is a virtual policeman designed to strengthen Europe’s borders, subjecting travelers to a lie detector test before they are allowed to pass through customs.

In Hong Kong Protests, Faces Become Weapons

In Hong Kong Protests, Faces Become Weapons

After the officers tried to use his face to unlock the phone, they took him to a police station, where, he said, he was roughed up and interrogated. He said the plainclothes officers who arrested him did not identify themselves until they reached the police station.

ACT police admit they unlawfully accessed metadata more than 3,000 times

ACT police admit they unlawfully accessed metadata more than 3,000 times

In the statement ACT Policing revealed it is still seeking legal advice about how to deal with two cases where invalidly obtained metadata was used in “a missing persons case and a criminal matter where the data in question may have been used in a prosecution”.

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.

Amazon’s collaborations with local police turn its Ring doorbell cameras into unofficial community surveillance systems

Amazon’s collaborations with local police turn its Ring doorbell cameras into unofficial community surveillance systems

Amazon is promoting this kind of digital neighborhood watch with a free app: Neighbors is an app launched by Ring, Amazon’s smart-doorbell company.

Police will 'struggle' to track criminals via 5G

Police will 'struggle' to track criminals via 5G

Speaking to Reuters, Europol director Catherine De Bolle said the ability to carry out surveillance via current 4G networks was "one of the most important investigative tools that police officers and services have".

MPs Call on Facial Recognition Trials to be Suspended

MPs Call on Facial Recognition Trials to be Suspended

In a report published this week, the House of Commons Science and Technology committee voiced serious concerns over the accuracy of the invasive technology and raised questions over bias – an issue which has been brought up repeatedly in discussions over the technology’s use.

São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

The company operating the majority of the city's subway network, Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (METRO), has launched a tender for a new set-up to replace its current legacy system and a non-integrated estate of 2200 cameras, of which only some are digital.

Oakland Officials Take Step Towards Banning City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

Oakland Officials Take Step Towards Banning City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

ALSO READ: San Francisco Supervisors Approve Facial Recognition Technology Ban The vote on Tuesday evening was for the first reading of the ordinance, city officials said.

Council Bans City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

Council Bans City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

But other agencies across the country have, including the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, which scans its mugshot database with facial recognition software, according to a report by Oakland police.

Oakland City Council to Talk Facial Recognition Ban

Oakland City Council to Talk Facial Recognition Ban

The discussion surrounding the future of facial recognition is expected to continue Tuesday night in Oakland, about two months after San Francisco became the first U.S. city to outlaw the technology. San Francisco supervisors this week passed legislation that would ban the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies and other city departments.

Detroit cops arrest police commissioner, protester at raucous public meeting

Detroit cops arrest police commissioner, protester at raucous public meeting

Twitter/Alan Campbell Detroit police yank police commissioner Willie Burton from his seat. Detroit Police Commissioner Willie Burton was yanked out of his seat and arrested during a public meeting Thursday because the chairwoman wanted him to stop talking.

81% of 'suspects' flagged by Met's police facial recognition technology innocent, independent report says

81% of 'suspects' flagged by Met's police facial recognition technology innocent, independent report says

"Our report conducted a detailed, academic, legal analysis of the documentation the Met Police used as a basis for the face recognition trials," Professor Fussey told Sky News.

Revenge porn victims being failed by outdated laws and policing

Revenge porn victims being failed by outdated laws and policing

Victims of image-based sexual abuse – such as upskirting, revenge porn and fake porn – are having their lives shattered amid outdated and ineffective laws and police inaction, a report reveals.

Chilling undercover footage taken inside China's most oppressive region shows it's virtually impossible to escape the paranoid police state

Chilling undercover footage taken inside China's most oppressive region shows it's virtually impossible to escape the paranoid police state

A chilling new documentary created by two undercover reporters reveals the paranoia at the heart of China's 21st-century police state in Xinjiang, the western frontier region where authorities are cracking down on millions of Muslims.

Watchdog criticises 'chaotic' police use of facial recognition

Watchdog criticises 'chaotic' police use of facial recognition

Prof Paul Wiles, the biometrics commissioner, said in his annual report that police deployment of the technology, which can be used to scan crowds or CCTV recordings for people of interest, was chaotic and had run ahead of laws that could prevent its misuse.

Amazon Ring Will Survive the Anti-surveillance Backlash

Amazon Ring Will Survive the Anti-surveillance Backlash

Just as homeowners have every right to set up cameras on their own home, they have every right to share and comment on footage online and even to privately use surveillance technology such as license-plate readers.

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