Category: Legal Issues

The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection

The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection

Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Source URL There’s no mistaking the elaborate tattoos that cover Tyrone Lamont Allen’s forehead and right cheek. But when Portland police suspected Allen was involved in four bank and credit union heists, and none of the tellers reported seeing tattoos on the face of […]

Deepfake evidence so realistic ‘innocent people will go to jail’ warns expert

Deepfake evidence so realistic ‘innocent people will go to jail’ warns expert

David Rivers | The Daily Star | Source URL Deepfake material including fabricated evidence will become so realistic it will land innocent people in jail, an expert has warned. Shamir Allibhai, CEO of video verification company Amber, believes content including CCTV and voice recordings will be subject to gross manipulation. […]

Police Drop “Crime Prediction” Software, But Not Because It’s Orwellian

Police Drop “Crime Prediction” Software, But Not Because It’s Orwellian

Mac Slavo | SHTFPlan | Source URL Several California police departments have stopped using “predictive policing” software but not because they want to protect your basic human rights and dignity.  The reason the software won’t be used is that it isn’t effective enough…yet. Several police departments were disappointed that they […]

In Guantánamo Case, U.S. Government Says It Can Indefinitely Detain Anyone — Even U.S. Citizens

In Guantánamo Case, U.S. Government Says It Can Indefinitely Detain Anyone — Even U.S. Citizens

Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept | Source URL For over 17 years, Moath al-Alwi has been held at Guantánamo Bay without charge. A Yemeni citizen, al-Alwi is one of Guantánamo’s “forever prisoners,” those whom the U.S. government has not charged with a crime but is unwilling to release. On June […]

Critics Lament as 126 House Democrats Join Forces With GOP to Hand Trump ‘Terrifying’ Mass Domestic Spying Powers

Critics Lament as 126 House Democrats Join Forces With GOP to Hand Trump ‘Terrifying’ Mass Domestic Spying Powers

Jon Queally | Common Dreams | Source URL “The Democrats who voted against this common sense amendment just threw immigrants, LGBTQ folks, activists, journalists, and political dissidents under the bus by voting to rubberstamp the Trump administration’s Orwellian domestic spying capabilities.” Privacy advocates and civil liberties defenders are expressing outrage […]

AI lets you put words into the mouths of people talking in videos by adding, deleting or rearranging words from a transcript — but could the technology lead to more creepy deepfakes?

AI lets you put words into the mouths of people talking in videos by adding, deleting or rearranging words from a transcript — but could the technology lead to more creepy deepfakes?

Ian Randall | The Daily Mail | Source URL Actors who flub dialogue may become less of a bane to producers thanks to an AI that allows such to be edited just by retyping a transcript of their lines. The software works by combining existing clips with digital face models […]

Facial recognition technology ‘violates human rights and must end’, landmark court case hears

Facial recognition technology ‘violates human rights and must end’, landmark court case hears

Lizzie Dearden | The Independent | Source URL First legal challenge against UK police trials of facial recognition to set precedent Police are breaking human rights law with the use of controversial facial recognition software, a landmark court case has heard. Ed Bridges is bringing the first legal challenge on […]

A medical device company is surgically implanting an unapproved ‘pellet’ in prisoners as part of a ‘pilot program’ to treat addiction

Natalie Rahhal  | The Daily Mail | Source URL A Louisiana prisoner has been implanted with an unapproved ‘pellet’ to treat addiction.  The inmate is soon to be released from a Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) facility and is the first of 10 patients that California-based BioCorRx intends to place the […]

Senators Question DOJ’s Surveillance of Americans’ Cell Phone Location Records

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Brandi Vincent | NextGov | Source URL Lawmakers want the attorney general to explain how the collection of cellular location data has changed following a recent SCOTUS decision. A bipartisan group of senators questioned the Justice Department this week regarding how the government’s treatment of cellphone-generated location data in national […]