LA cops tried using Instagram’s copyright filter to stop someone from filming them

Over the last several weeks, police in Beverly Hills have been caught on video seemingly trying to weaponize Instagram’s copyright detection algorithms to get a prominent LA…

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Minneapolis police used Google location data to find George Floyd protesters

Law enforcement has used Google location data to target suspects before, but that now includes people at large-scale protests. TechCrunch has learned that Minneapolis police used a…

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Amazon’s Ring has teamed up with over 2,000 police and fire departments

Ring’s police collaborations didn’t slow down in 2020 despite controversies — if anything, they ramped up. The Financial Times reports that the Amazon-owned smart home security brand…

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Police used facial recognition to identify a Lafayette Square protester

In the aftermath of the Lafayette Square protests in June, police in Washington DC used facial recognition technology to identify a protestor who had allegedly punched an…

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FBI sent a team to ‘exploit’ Portland protesters’ phones

Federal agents tend to focus their phone cracking efforts on terrorists, but they appear to have shifted their attention to civil disobedience. NYR Daily has learned that…

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Amazon’s data request portal for police is visible on the web

You might not have to wonder just what data police can request from Amazon — some of those details just became public. TechCrunch has discovered that parts…

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The LAPD has used facial recognition software 30,000 times since 2009

For years, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) hasn’t given a clear answer on whether it uses facial recognition in its policing work. That changed this week….

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New York City says it will reassess police use of facial recognition

According to Mayor Bill de Blaiso, New York City will place additional restrictions on police use of facial recognition. The pledge comes after the NYPD employed the…

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A security breach opened up access to a genealogy site’s DNA profiles

Over the weekend, a security breach changed the permission settings on millions of profiles in GEDmatch, a DNA database used by genealogists. For three hours, DNA profiles…

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FBI reportedly uses a travel company’s data for worldwide surveillance

The FBI doesn’t necessarily have to rely on spy databases or phone records to collect vast amounts of information about suspects — it might just have to…

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