privacy
Home Office Reveals Plan for a Centralised Biometric Database That Sounds Like an Absolute Nightmare

The Home Office released a report this week announcing plans for a forthcoming centralised biometric database of its citizens, compiling DNA, fingerprint, face, and possibly even voice data for law enforcement to access and share, according to the Telegraph. In addition to helping local police solve crimes, the Home Office report also proposes using the centralised database for vetting migrants at borders and verifying visa applications. Pushback has been swift, as civil rights groups argue that face recognition is faulty, dubiously legal, and often collected without public consent. Read More >>

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Poncho the Spanish Police Dog Goes Viral For Showing Off His CPR Skills

It’s rough out there for humans right now. But at least we have dogs to cheer us up. This police dog in Spain, a very good boy named Poncho, has gone viral after demonstrating his CPR skills. Read More >>

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Bodycam Maker Axon Reportedly Tried to Buy Face Recognition Tech

American body camera manufacturer Axon requested a contract for face recognition software from an artificial intelligence startup, the Wall Street Journal reports, which stands to further fears from privacy advocates about the state of surveillance in America. Read More >>

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Amazon Shareholders Call for Jeff Bezos to Stop Selling Facial Recognition to Police

On Friday, 20 groups of Amazon shareholders sent CEO Jeff Bezos a letter pressuring him to stop selling the company’s face recognition software to American law enforcement, CNN reports. Called Rekognition, the software came under greater scrutiny last month when the ACLU published revealing internal documents related to its use by police. Numerous civil rights organisations co-signed a letter demanding Amazon stop assisting government surveillance, and several members of the US Congress have expressed concerns about the partnerships. Read More >>

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Google Translate Can’t Provide Consent for a Police Search, Judge Rules

Google Translate is a useful tool for some quick and easy translations, but a federal judge in Kansas, US ruled this week that the machine translation service isn’t good enough to allow a person to consent to a police search. Read More >>

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iPhone Hackers May Already Have a Workaround for Police to Crack Apple’s Newest Security Feature

Apple and the law enforcement community have been stuck in a back-and-forth over encryption for the last few years, and it’s heated up considerably this month since Apple announced a feature that would thwart a popular iPhone cracking method used by police. Now, the companies that work with law enforcement have responded, and they’re pretty sure they already have a workaround. Read More >>

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Police are Predictably Annoyed About Apple’s Plan to Turn Off USB Data Access on iPhones

Tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to prevent anyone who wants to gain access to a encrypted iOS device via techniques like Cellebrite’s GrayKey phone-hacking box by introducing an option to lock USB data access an hour after it’s locked, essentially turning iPhones, iPads, and iPods into sealed black boxes. Officials in the law enforcement community, which has been scaremongering about Apple’s encryption technology for years over the objections of actual tech experts, aren’t happy about it. Read More >>

politics
Soap Shop Abandons Bizarre Political Window Displays

Soap shop Lush, that place on the high street that smells of lemons and old women when you walk past it, has decided to stop running its extremely off-message window displays about undercover police corruption. It's retreating back to its core messaging that smelling of lavender is good and here's where to come if present shopping for grandma. Read More >>

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Police Are More Likely to Arrest You at a Protest Where People Actually Give a Damn, Study Finds

A new study from the University of Southern California (USC) suggests that there is a correlation between an increase in violence at protests and tweets with “moral content” concerning what the protest is about—like, say, police violence. But dig a bit deeper, and you’ll find that the study’s implications are more complicated than that. Read More >>

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Met Police’s Drill Music Squad Gets Hundreds of Videos Pulled From YouTube

A bunch of confused old men working at the Met Police have succeeded in getting some apparently offensive content removed from YouTube, as efforts to blame the drill music trend for London's current spate of violent crime continues. Read More >>

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This Article From 1985 Predicted Deadly Force by Police Would Be ‘Nonexistent’ in the Future

When you imagine the American police officer of the future, what do you see? In the 1980s, one police officer saw “supercops” — a highly trained force of professionals who had the most high-tech toys at their disposal and almost never killed people. Read More >>

surveillance
Facial Recognition Still Doesn’t Work Like it Does in Films

Computers still aren't very good at recognising faces, according to research, which says that police use of facial recognition software is a massive waste of money and effort, and routinely results in randoms being plucked out of photographic databases. Read More >>

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Facial Recognition Used by Wales Police Has 90 Per cent False Positive Rate

According to the Guardian, the South Wales police scanned the crowd of more than 170,000 people who travelled to the nation’s capital for the football match between Real Madrid and Juventus. The cameras identified 2,470 people as criminals. Read More >>

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American Researchers Want to Use AI to ‘Predict’ When Crimes Are Gang-Related

Researchers in the US are using predictive artificial intelligence to help police officers classify crimes and determine whether they are gang-related. Read More >>

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Durham Police Bought Marketing Data to Help Profile Criminal Suspects

>Police in Durham are partnering with credit reporting agencies to predict whether criminals will reoffend, a report from civil liberties group Big Brother Watch has uncovered. Read More >>