Category: Police Surveillance

Police To Use TSA-Style Scanners To Spy On People In Public Places

Mass Private I | Source URL TSA-style body scanners are coming to public spaces, and that should scare the hell out of everyone. If you thought the NYPD’s Z-Backscatter vans and police mini-Z’s were intrusive, you have not seen anything yet. Soon, nowhere will be safe from Big Brother’s prying eyes, […]

Law Enforcement’s National Threat Assessment Program Predicts If You Pose A Future Threat

Mass Private I | Source URL It has been nearly two years, since I reported on the dangers of creating a law enforcement run Mental Health Assessment (MHA) program. In Texas, police use MHA’s to “screen” every person they have arrested for mental illness. But the TAPS Act, first introduced in […]

Amazon votes to keep selling its controversial facial recognition software to police and governments despite growing privacy concerns

Amazon votes to keep selling its controversial facial recognition software to police and governments despite growing privacy concerns

James Pero | The Daily Mail | Source URL Amazon will continue to sell its controversial facial recognition software to law enforcement and other entities after its shareholders shot down a proposal to reel the technology in.   The vote effectively kills two initiatives brought before Amazon’s board. One proposal would […]

Local Police Receive DHS Grant for Drones to Use in Crime Search and Crowd Control

Local Police Receive DHS Grant for Drones to Use in Crime Search and Crowd Control

Nicholas West | Activist Post | Source URL Police departments around the U.S. continue doing their best to acquire drones for a range of uses. This move is buoyed by the fact that Homeland Security is funding their arrival into local communities. Portsmouth, New Hampshire is the latest to receive […]

With facial recognition, shoplifting may get you banned in places you’ve never been

There are hundreds of stores using facial recognition — none that have any rules or standards to prevent abuse. Alfred Ng | cNet | Source URL At my bodega down the block, photos of shoplifters sometimes litter the windows, a warning to would-be thieves that they’re being watched. Those unofficial […]

Fire departments are ‘going dark’ and becoming secret public safety organizations

Fire departments are ‘going dark’ and becoming secret public safety organizations

Mass Private I | Source URL Across the country fire departments in Connecticut, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Illinois have begun encrypting their radio transmissions, effectively turning them into secret public safety organizations. The latest fire department to ‘go dark’ and hide its communications from the public is the Denver Fire Department in Colorado. […]

Scientists Want Orwellian A.I. Sentient Smart Assistants To Snitch On Owners And Discuss Contacting Police

Scientists Want Orwellian A.I. Sentient Smart Assistants To Snitch On Owners And Discuss Contacting Police

Peter Lloyd | Daily Mail | Source URL Smart assistants could soon come with a ‘moral AI’ to decide whether to report their owners for breaking the law.  That’s the suggestion of academics at who say that household gadgets like the Amazon Echo and Google Home should be enhanced with […]

Details of Fusion Center Surveillance Revealed

Details of Fusion Center Surveillance Revealed

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.| The New American | Source URL The federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is silently and gradually converting local police agencies into regional subdivisions of the surveillance state. Typically, we get only occasional glimpses of the despotic disregard for the Constitution and egregious violation of the […]

Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software

Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software

Caroline Haskins | Motherboard | Source URL Documents obtained by Motherboard using public information requests verify previously unconfirmed police department contracts with predictive policing company PredPol. The use of PredPol—a predictive policing software that once advocated for a controversial, unproven “broken windows” approach to law enforcement—is far more widespread than […]