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Private Prisons Back In Mix For Federal Inmates

February 23rd, 2017

Via: NPR: New Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era memo that directed the Justice Department to reduce the use of private prisons, NPR’s Carrie Johnson reports Sessions writes in the order that returning to the Bureau of Prisons’ earlier approach would provide flexibility. “The memorandum changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the […]

AI-Powered Body Cams for Police

February 17th, 2017

Via: Vocativ: The police body camera industry is the latest to jump on the artificial intelligence bandwagon, bringing new powers and privacy concerns to a controversial technology bolstered by the need to hold police accountable after numerous high-profile killings of unarmed black citizens. Now, that tech is about to get smarter. Last week, Taser, the […]

Cellphone Spy Tools Have Flooded Local Police Departments

February 8th, 2017

Via: CityLab: Major cities throughout the U.S. have spent millions on mobile surveillance tools—but there are still few rules about what happens to the information they capture.

The FBI’s Secret Rules

January 31st, 2017

Via: The Intercept: For example, the bureau’s agents can decide that a campus organization is not “legitimate” and therefore not entitled to robust protections for free speech; dig for derogatory information on potential informants without any basis for believing they are implicated in unlawful activity; use a person’s immigration status to pressure them to collaborate […]

Tesla’s Second Generation Autopilot Could Reduce Crash Rate by 90%, Says CEO Elon Musk

January 21st, 2017

Whatever you think about autonomous drive technologies, my point with posting these stories is not to be a cheerleader one way or another. I just want to be sure everyone knows that this stuff is real and it is coming. Millions of drivers will lose their jobs, and these are not minimum wage, burger flipping […]

How Is the Facebook Android App So Diabolical?

January 2nd, 2017

Update: How Facebook Learns About Your Offline Life I found this, but it doesn’t mention the “hot mics” issue that is obviously real: How Facebook Learns About Your Offline Life — Can anyone explain this one? During Christmas, I was over at a house with a bunch of family members. My brother in law’s girlfriend […]

Police to Use Information from Internet Connected Appliances

January 2nd, 2017

Via: Telegraph: High-tech washing machines and fridges will soon be used by detectives gathering evidence from crime scenes, experts have forecast. The advent of ‘the internet of things’ in which more devices are connected together in a world of ‘smart working’ could in future provide important clues for the police. Detectives are currently being trained […]

Police Fire Water Cannon at Dakota Pipeline Protesters in Freezing Weather

November 21st, 2016

Via: Reuters: Police fired tear gas and water at hundreds of protesters in the freezing North Dakota weather late Sunday and early Monday, in the latest violent clash over a pipeline project running through the state. An estimated 400 protesters mounted the Backwater Bridge just north of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and attempted to force […]

Police Drones Zapping Suspects with Stun Guns: ‘The Public Is Going to Initially be Alarmed by This’

October 21st, 2016

Via: Wall Street Journal: In a conference room away from the busy San Diego Convention Center floor where law-enforcement officials from around the world perused the latest police technology, a Taser employee showed some police leaders a drone, and discussed how different things could be attached to it, including a camera, a light and a […]

UK Security Agencies Unlawfully Collected Data for 17 Years, Court Rules

October 18th, 2016

Via: Guardian: British security agencies have secretly and unlawfully collected massive volumes of confidential personal data, including financial information, on citizens for more than a decade, senior judges have ruled. The investigatory powers tribunal, which is the only court that hears complaints against MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, said the security services operated an illegal regime […]

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