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”.

A Major Police Body Camera Maker Hits Pause on Face Surveillance

A Major Police Body Camera Maker Hits Pause on Face Surveillance

It should be noted that Axon has left open the possibility that it may include face recognition in the future, which is why we need federal and state laws—such as A.B. 1215—that would ban the use of biometric technology on body cameras altogether.

Court Case Challenging Police Use of Facial Recognition Begins

Court Case Challenging Police Use of Facial Recognition Begins

This case is the first major challenge against the use of automatic facial recognition (AFR) by police, with pursuer Ed Bridges, a former Lib Dem councillor, saying that poor regulation of the technology breaches human rights.

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.

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Use by Police and the Government

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Use by Police and the Government

San Francisco just became the first city in the nation to ban the use of facial recognition technology by police and government agencies. Rosenberg does worry about an uptick in neighborhood surveillance, she said, but is pleased that the bill will stop facial recognition technology from misidentifying people as criminal suspects in real-time policing.

Facial recognition system rollout was too rushed, Queensland police report reveals

Facial recognition system rollout was too rushed, Queensland police report reveals

Key points:The facial recognition system rollout failed to identify any targets flagged as a high priorityCouncil for Civil Liberties criticised the system's use for general policing at the Commonwealth GamesQPS tried to block the ABC's efforts to have its report on the surveillance system made public But the Queensland Police Service tried to keep that a secret.

Reverse Engineering a Xinjiang Police Mass Surveillance App

Reverse Engineering a Xinjiang Police Mass Surveillance App

Launch Map. Human Rights Watch finds that officials use the IJOP app to fulfill three broad functions: collecting personal information, reporting on activities or circumstances deemed suspicious, and prompting investigations of people the system flags as problematic.

Amazon's facial-recognition technology is supercharging local police

Amazon's facial-recognition technology is supercharging local police

Then, in late 2017, the Washington County Sheriff's Office became the first law enforcement agency in the country known to use Amazon's artificial-intelligence tool Rekognition, transforming this thicket of forests and suburbs into a public testing ground for a new wave of experimental police surveillance techniques.

New report reveals that the UK police are secretly downloading content from suspects' mobile phones on a massive scale

New report reveals that the UK police are secretly downloading content from suspects' mobile phones on a massive scale

Key points: Privacy International have today published a report entitled 'Digital Stop and search: how the UK police can secretly download everything from your mobile phone' , based on Freedom of Information requests to 47 police forces across the UK about their use of 'mobile phone extraction' technologies, which enable them to download all the content and data from a mobile phone.

Rape cases ‘could fail’ if victims refuse to give police access to phones

Rape cases ‘could fail’ if victims refuse to give police access to phones

And the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, who has been DPP since last November, said: “You can end up in an extreme case where there’s there’s outright refusal [by a complainant] to allow access [to mobile phone contents] … and that can have consequences for our ability to pursue a prosecution.

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Israel said that the risk of false positives increases when predictive models use data of “questionable fidelity” such as social media posts.

China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority

China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority

The police administered what they call a “health check”, which involved collecting several types of biometric data, including DNA, blood type, fingerprints, voice recordings and face scans – a process that all adults in the U ighur autonomous region of Xinjiang , in north-west China, are expected to undergo.

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.

Facial recognition overkill: How deputies cracked a $12 shoplifting case

Facial recognition overkill: How deputies cracked a $12 shoplifting case

WCSO Via public records requests, CNET reviewed seven sheriff's office reports that showed facial recognition being put to use in making an arrest. Deputy Jeff Talbot, Washington County's public information officer, said WCSO has made arrests on "crimes on multiple levels" using Rekognition, not just minor offenses.

Police in Canada Are Tracking People’s ‘Negative’ Behavior In a ‘Risk' Database

Police in Canada Are Tracking People’s ‘Negative’ Behavior In a ‘Risk' Database

Information in the database includes whether a person uses drugs, has been the victim of an assault, or lives in a “negative neighborhood.” The Risk-driven Tracking Database (RTD) is part of a collaborative approach to policing called the Hub model that partners cops, school staff, social workers, health care workers, and the provincial government.

Call for Legal Safeguards on Police Phone Hacking

Call for Legal Safeguards on Police Phone Hacking

Related: Police Scotland Failed to “Fully Assess” The Use of Cyber Kiosks Lindsey Miller, deputy Crown agent for serious casework, said that there was a misunderstanding that Crown counsel could offer “broad guidance on police powers.” Hacked data would only be admissible if extracted under certain legal conditions, and suggested it would be inadmissible if extracted in a manner that breached a suspect’s human rights, she said.

Amazon’s Home Security Company Is Turning Everyone Into Cops

Amazon’s Home Security Company Is Turning Everyone Into Cops

When a crime such as a stolen package is depicted on Neighbors, a Ring employee will post a comment that says, “If you have filed a police report, please share the case number and officer’s contact information below.

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.

London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

London cops' use of facial recognition tech last week resulted in only one person being charged, while another was handed a £90 on-the-spot fine after trying to avoid the cams.

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.

San Francisco lawmaker: Our cops should be banned from using facial recognition

San Francisco lawmaker: Our cops should be banned from using facial recognition

with 27 posters participating Share this story Further Reading Amazon’s Rekognition messes up, matches 28 lawmakers to mugshots If a new proposed municipal ordinance passes in the coming months, San Francisco could become the first city in America to outright ban the use of facial recognition technology by its police department or any other city agency.

Amazon’s Disturbing Plan to Add Face Surveillance to Your Front Door

Amazon’s Disturbing Plan to Add Face Surveillance to Your Front Door

Recently, a patent application from Amazon became public that would pair face surveillance — like Rekognition, the product that the company is aggressively marketing to police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement — with Ring, a doorbell camera company that Amazon bought earlier this year.

Target is really, really into surveillance

Target is really, really into surveillance

Target calls its private fusion centers "investigations centers" — the company has people in these centers working 24/7 to monitor surveillance operations at its hundreds of stores nationwide using high tech tools, even satellite imagery.

Mass Surveillance Begins at the Local Level. So Does the Resistance to It.

Mass Surveillance Begins at the Local Level. So Does the Resistance to It.

The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and Oakland Privacy in California, and Privacy Watch STL, based in St. Louis, Missouri, are part of a growing constellation of organizations seeking to scale back the largely unchecked surveillance powers of local police.