Category: Police Surveillance

Working With The Private Sector And Hundreds Of Law Enforcement Agencies, ICE Has Assembled A Massive Surveillance Network

Working With The Private Sector And Hundreds Of Law Enforcement Agencies, ICE Has Assembled A Massive Surveillance Network

Tim Cushing | TechDirt | Source URL The New York Times has published a lengthy report on ICE’s surveillance network it uses to hunt down undocumented immigrants all over the country. The report is based on the results of public records requests, which show ICE’s ability to utilize social media […]

Greyhound riders are being asked for immigration papers at South Florida bus terminals

Greyhound riders are being asked for immigration papers at South Florida bus terminals

Miami Herald | Source URL MIAMI – Federal immigration agents are beefing up their efforts to apprehend undocumented immigrants in South Florida as part of a nationwide effort to “keep communities safe.” The target: transportation hubs. In the past few weeks, Customs and Border Patrol officials have been spotted by […]

Amazon & Google Use Secret Police Deals and Freebies To Spy On Everyone

Amazon & Google Use Secret Police Deals and Freebies To Spy On Everyone

Mass Private I | Source URL Amazon and Google are using secret police agreements and free giveaways to spy on everyone. Last week Vice News revealed how police departments across the country are secretly working with Amazon to create mini-neighborhood surveillance zones using Ring doorbells. Amazon and law enforcement are enticing residents […]

Police drop Experian profiling tool following Big Brother Watch exposé

Police drop Experian profiling tool following Big Brother Watch exposé

TruPublica | Source URL A year on from BigBrotherWatch’s investigation into Durham Police’s use of Experian’s ‘Mosaic’ big data profiling tool for AI custody decisions, BigBrotherWatch discovered through a long Freedom of Information battle that Durham Police heeded calls to drop the discriminatory tool less than three weeks after their […]

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 […]

A Major Police Body Camera Maker Hits Pause on Face Surveillance

A Major Police Body Camera Maker Hits Pause on Face Surveillance

Hayley Tsukayama | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Source URL Communities and lawmakers across the country are waking up to the fact that using face recognition for government surveillance is a troubling trend, particularly when used with cameras that police officers wear. On Thursday, Axon—a major police body-worn camera maker—added its […]

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 […]