Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

If signed into law, Massachusetts would become the first state to fully ban the technology, following bans barring the use of facial recognition in police body cameras and other, more limited city-specific bans on the tech.

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition – TechCrunch

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition – TechCrunch

Massachusetts General Assembly voted to pass a new police reform bill banning police stations and public agencies from using facial recognition technology throughout the state.

France rocked again by demonstrations against the new “Global Security Law”, which includes mass surveillance by police drones

France rocked again by demonstrations against the new “Global Security Law”, which includes mass surveillance by police drones

The proposed legislation would bring in wide-ranging police surveillance in France, but the main concern of demonstrators is Article 24, which is designed to penalize the “malicious” dissemination of images of French police officers: Pending legislation in France’s parliament would create a new criminal offense for publishing images of police officers with intent to cause them harm.

Eyes in the sky

Eyes in the sky

Kumar and his team are in the Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) overlooking operations for this year’s Magh Mela, an annual Hindu pilgrimage and festival that draws millions of people in a single day.

Chinese President Xi Jinping Pushes For Global Tracking System Using QR Codes

Chinese President Xi Jinping Pushes For Global Tracking System Using QR Codes

China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes.

Police in Mississippi To Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Police in Mississippi To Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Red alert: The police surveillance center in Jackson, Mississippi, will be conducting a 45-day pilot program to live stream the security cameras, including Amazon Ring cameras, of participating residents.

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

The so-called "smart streetlights" were originally approved as an initiative to monitor and mitigate traffic, but quietly became a crime-solving tool for local police and faced public outcry from privacy-concerned residents.Last week, the San Diego city council unanimously passed two privacy ordinances aimed at providing transparency into the use of surveillance tech by police.

Los Angeles Police Just Banned The Use Of Commercial Facial Recognition

Los Angeles Police Just Banned The Use Of Commercial Facial Recognition

Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News via public records requests showed that Clearview AI previously misrepresented how law enforcement used its software and once told police officers to "run wild" with the tool by testing it on friends and family members.

Campaign “Reclaim Your Face” calls for a Ban on Biometric Mass Surveillance

Campaign “Reclaim Your Face” calls for a Ban on Biometric Mass Surveillance

Facial recognition and other biometric technologies used for indiscriminate or arbitrarily-targeted surveillance in public spaces act just like that – turning every one of us into a potential suspect; watching and analysing us all of the time; seriously infringing upon our rights to privacy and data protection.

Amazon disavows Mississippi police program that plans to use Ring cameras for real-time surveillance

Amazon disavows Mississippi police program that plans to use Ring cameras for real-time surveillance

Footage from residents who opt in to the pilot will be accessible through a Real Time Crime Center built by PILEUM and Fusus, two tech companies Jackson tapped for the project.

Appeals court rules Baltimore “spy plane” does not violate privacy rights

Appeals court rules Baltimore “spy plane” does not violate privacy rights

Concluding that Baltimore’s Aerial Investigative Research (AIR) Program does not violate a reasonable expectation of privacy in a world where security cameras are everywhere, a federal appeals court today upheld a lower court decision, refusing to temporarily block the police department’s so-called “spy plane.”.

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

A new report from the Washington, DC-based research nonprofit Upturn uncovers how police have maintained access to suspects’ phones even as these defenses grow more complex: by contracting with digital forensic firms that specialize in bypassing locks and accessing and copying encrypted data.

Police Will Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Police Will Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Red alert: The police surveillance center in Jackson, Mississippi, will be conducting a 45-day pilot program to live stream the Amazon Ring cameras of participating residents.

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.

San Francisco: End SFPD's Illegal Use of Private Cameras to Spy on Protesters.

San Francisco: End SFPD's Illegal Use of Private Cameras to Spy on Protesters.

The threat of police exploiting surveillance technology to spy on people exercising their First Amendment rights was a primary motivation for San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passing 2019's groundbreaking Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance.

Police across America can break into locked phones, and often do so without a warrant

Police across America can break into locked phones, and often do so without a warrant

The report is called “Mass Extraction: The Widespread Power of U.S. Law Enforcement to Search Mobile Phones.” Over 2,000 FOIA requests, Upturn discovered that police departments in all 50 states and also Washington D.C. have purchased mobile device forensic tools (MDFTs).

Police in all 50 states are using secret tools to break into locked phones — and they're using them for cases as low-level as shoplifting, records show

Police in all 50 states are using secret tools to break into locked phones — and they're using them for cases as low-level as shoplifting, records show

Law enforcement agencies are able to crack into locked, encrypted smartphones far more frequently than was previously known, according to new documents surfaced by through over 100 public records requests by the digital liberties nonprofit Upturn.

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

He gave a surprising reason.“I am involved with developing facial recognition to in fact use on Portland police officers, since they are not identifying themselves to the public,” Mr. Howell said.

Police chiefs, community denounce 'hateful' video comparing Ottawa chief to Hitler

Police chiefs, community denounce 'hateful' video comparing Ottawa chief to Hitler

César Ndéma-Moussa, seen here in 2017, says he is 'strongly convinced' the fact Ottawa Police Service Chief Peter Sloly is Black played a role in the decision to create the video.

Ottawa police conducting internal investigation into online video targeting chief, Sloly says

Ottawa police conducting internal investigation into online video targeting chief, Sloly says

“I have no idea if any member of the Ottawa Police Service or any other police service was involved in the creation or distribution of that,” Sloly said.Sloly said the service “would investigate any incident that affects our community and any incident that could affect the reputation of our service.

Police get access to people told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace

Police get access to people told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace

Police forces will be able to access information about people “on a case-by-case” basis, so they can learn whether an individual has been told to self-isolate, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHCS) said.

Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

According to court records from an arson case in Florida, Google regularly provides information to law enforcement about people that search a particular term or physical location using a Google service like Google Search or Google Maps.

Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show

Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show

But a recently unsealed court document found that investigators can request such data in reverse order by asking Google to disclose everyone who searched a keyword rather than for information on a known suspect.

Ontario police used COVID-19 database illegally, civil rights groups find

Ontario police used COVID-19 database illegally, civil rights groups find

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) said in separate reports that many services used the database to look at COVID-19 test results for wide geographic areas and sometimes pulled up personal information unrelated to active calls.

Netherlands: End dangerous mass surveillance policing experiments

Netherlands: End dangerous mass surveillance policing experiments

Police in the Netherlands must immediately stop using algorithmic systems that result in indiscriminate mass surveillance and ethnic profiling, said Amnesty International, in a report which exposes the threat “predictive policing” poses to human rights.

San Francisco Police Use Banned Tech to Build Gun Case

San Francisco Police Use Banned Tech to Build Gun Case

(TNS) — San Francisco police investigators may have circumvented the city’s ban on facial recognition technology by building a gun case, in part, on facial recognition software used by another law enforcement agency, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Chronicle.

Despite Denials, LAPD Reportedly Used Facial Recognition Nearly 30,000 Times Since 2009

Despite Denials, LAPD Reportedly Used Facial Recognition Nearly 30,000 Times Since 2009

California has enacted a three-year ban on the use of facial recognition technology in police body cameras.Last year, San Francisco and Oakland banned the use of any facial recognition by police and other city departments.

How facial recognition is spreading in Italy: the case of Como

How facial recognition is spreading in Italy: the case of Como

Despite the measure issued by the DPA, the municipality installed this new series of facial recognition cameras in other areas of the city in May 2020.In August 2020 local newspapers from the Como area reported the poor results of the testing of the facial recognition system.

Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance

Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has three interactive tools that help you learn about the new technologies being deployed around the United States and how they impact you: the Atlas of Surveillance, Spot the Surveillance, and Who Has Your Face?.

The Coronavirus (Retention of Fingerprints and DNA Profiles in the Interests of National Security) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

The Coronavirus (Retention of Fingerprints and DNA Profiles in the Interests of National Security) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

(2) The condition is that the fingerprints or DNA profiles are retained in accordance with a national security determination that will (ignoring the effect of these Regulations) cease to have effect on a date during the period that starts with 1st October 2020 and ends with 24th March 2021.