Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Under the bill, any law enforcement agency using facial recognition technology must stop, and they can only get approval to use it if they seek special permission from the legislature beginning July 1.Democratic Delegate Lashrecse Aird was one of the bill's lead sponsors.

Police Surveillance Can't Be Reformed. It Must Be Abolished

Police Surveillance Can't Be Reformed. It Must Be Abolished

The CCOPS scheme aligns in this way with other policing reforms, like community “advisory” boards and “community policing” that police use to work with people and organizations who they know will compromise in their favor.

Every move you make - An eye-opening look at law-enforcement surveillance

Every move you make - An eye-opening look at law-enforcement surveillance

JON FASMAN’S new book, “We See It All”, is a brisk and informative overview of one of the more pressing issues in criminal justice: the rise of surveillance technology.

Police scrambling to recover more than 150,000 records wiped from UK database

Police scrambling to recover more than 150,000 records wiped from UK database

The policing minister, Kit Malthouse, said Home Office and law enforcement officials were working at pace to recover the data.“While the loss relates to individuals who were arrested and then released with no further action, I have asked officials and the police to confirm their initial assessment that there is no threat to public safety,” he said.

The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

Right now, a growing chorus is demanding we use facial recognition, cellphone tower data, and every manner of invasive surveillance to punish the mob.Rather than responding to these attacks with a new mandate for expanded policing powers, we need to expand our civilian oversight.

ACLU sues Baltimore PD for lying about aerial mass surveillance program

ACLU sues Baltimore PD for lying about aerial mass surveillance program

Additionally, BPD claimed that the AIR program was only for tracking suspects to and from confirmed crime scenes and that the department lacked the ability to gather identifying information like license plate numbers from the surveillance.

Should we worry about the possibility of police surveillance using autonomous drones with added AI ? Too late: it’s already here

Should we worry about the possibility of police surveillance using autonomous drones with added AI ? Too late: it’s already here

As an article in Vice reports, the local police were less than honest about what they were up to: The Baltimore Police Department told the public and a federal appeals court that the surveillance images would only be stored for 45 days, that the planes would only be used for limited tracking of individuals to and from known crime scenes, and that the Aerial Investigation Research (AIR) program couldn’t be used to gather identifying information like license plate numbers.

Baltimore Police Lied About Almost Every Aspect of Its Spy Plane Program

Baltimore Police Lied About Almost Every Aspect of Its Spy Plane Program

The Baltimore Police Department told the public and a federal appeals court that the surveillance images would only be stored for 45 days, that the planes would only be used for limited tracking of individuals to and from known crime scenes, and that the Aerial Investigation Research (AIR) program couldn’t be used to gather identifying information like license plate numbers.

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.

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.

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.”.

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.

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.

A sheriff launched an algorithm to predict who might commit a crime. Dozens of people said they were harassed by deputies for no reason.

A sheriff launched an algorithm to predict who might commit a crime. Dozens of people said they were harassed by deputies for no reason.

But according to a six-month investigation published this week by the Tampa Bay Times, the high-tech tool deployed by the Pasco Sheriff's Office didn't lead to a reduction in violent crime — instead, 21 families singled out by the algorithm said they were routinely harassed by deputies, even when there was no evidence of a specific crime.

Finally! A searchable database on police spy programs

Finally! A searchable database on police spy programs

"Over a year and a half, Reynolds School of Journalism students at the University of Nevada, Reno have reviewed thousands of news articles and public records," he said.

VICE - California Police Are Using Copyright to Hide Surveillance Documents

VICE - California Police Are Using Copyright to Hide Surveillance Documents

Any attempt to download training materials concerning facial recognition technology or automated license plate readers (ALPRs), as well as materials relating to courses on the use of force, lead to a Word document that reads "The course presented has claimed copyright for the expanded course online.".

Victory! Boston Bans Government Use of Face Surveillance

Victory! Boston Bans Government Use of Face Surveillance

Thanks to the tireless efforts of activists and organizations in Massachusetts and around the country, including EFF, this week Boston joins the ranks of cities that have banned government use of face surveillance.

How Surveillance Has Always Reinforced Racism

How Surveillance Has Always Reinforced Racism

SIMONE BROWNE: In the book, I looked at branding and the commodification of blackness by trying to historicize the branding of enslaved people, marketing and marking them as sellable.

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.

Snowden warns: The surveillance states we’re creating now will outlast the coronavirus

Snowden warns: The surveillance states we’re creating now will outlast the coronavirus

Governments around the world are using high-tech surveillance measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak.“When we see emergency measures passed, particularly today, they tend to be sticky,” Snowden said in an interview with the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.

Australian Federal Police calls for audit into its telco data requests

Australian Federal Police calls for audit into its telco data requests

The identified issues relate to record-keeping, authorisations, and reporting of requests under Section 180(2) of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979.The AFP said it undertook an examination of historic documents and records to estimate the extent of the compliance issues, and self-reported to the Commonwealth Ombudsman on 24 January 2020.In a statement, the AFP confirmed the requests were made by ACT Policing and related to the potential identification of a mobile device location during an investigation.

London police to deploy facial recognition cameras across the city

London police to deploy facial recognition cameras across the city

Live facial recognition cameras will be deployed across London, with the city’s Metropolitan Police announcing today that the technology has moved past the trial stage and is ready to be permanently integrated into everyday policing.

Police to use AI recognition drones to help find the missing

Police to use AI recognition drones to help find the missing

Image caption Drones are an increasingly common sight and, outwardly, this one is no different Police Scotland has unveiled a new aerial drone system to help in searches for missing and vulnerable people.Image caption A search needs two police officers: one to fly the drone, the other to use the recognition software.

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.

Plan for massive facial recognition database sparks privacy concerns

Plan for massive facial recognition database sparks privacy concerns

Legislation before federal parliament will allow government agencies and private businesses to access facial IDs held by state and territory traffic authorities, and passport photos held by the foreign affairs department.

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.

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.

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”.