Category: Police Surveillance

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 […]

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 […]

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Matt Novak | GIZMODO | Source URL Facebook was slapped with a ruling in Germany today that limits how the social media giant can collect data across its multiple platforms, like WhatsApp and Instagram. And Facebook is not happy about it, to say the least. The company says it’s collecting […]

Appeals Court: Police do not need a reason to place Americans on a Suspicious Person List

Appeals Court: Police do not need a reason to place Americans on a Suspicious Person List

Mass Private I | Source URL Day by day, year by year our justice system proves the Constitution has essentially become worthless. Two days ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled that police do not need a reason to place a person on the Suspicious Person List. The […]

Drone, ‘blocker vehicles’ part of Times Square New Year’s Eve security plans, NYPD says

Drone, ‘blocker vehicles’ part of Times Square New Year’s Eve security plans, NYPD says

Matthew Chayes | AMNY | Source URL An NYPD drone will be up as the ball drops. For the first time in the 111-year history of the celebratory New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square, the police will fly an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the crowd, which could reach 2 […]

Homeland Security creates exclusive “Platinum” spy on your neighbors cam-share club

Mass Private I | Source URL Looking for that special gift for your family this holiday season? Why not signup for Homeland Security’s “Platinum” spy on your neighbors cam-share club. According to an article in the Advocate, DHS and New Orleans law enforcement have just created a “platinum” spying program […]

Lawsuit: Boston PD’s ‘Gang Database’ Says People Who Wear Nikes And Have Been Beat Up By Gang Members Are ‘Gang Associates’

Lawsuit: Boston PD’s ‘Gang Database’ Says People Who Wear Nikes And Have Been Beat Up By Gang Members Are ‘Gang Associates’

Tim Cushing | Techdirt | Source URL The Chinese government uses a number of measures to keep tabs on citizens. One is what’s known as a “citizen score” — a compilation of all the good/bad habits the government can track that determines whether a person should be viewed as a […]

Orlando Testing Facial Recognition Technology Provided Free by Amazon

Joe Wolverton | The New American | Source URL Orlando, Florida, law enforcement is testing technology developed by Amazon, Inc. to keep the cities residents under constant surveillance, according to a story broken by Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed’s exclusive report details the police department’s potential deployment of Amazon’s Rekognition, the Seattle, Washington-based […]