Tag Archive: police


YouTube pledges $1 million to police reform nonprofit

As protests spread across the U.S, companies like Alphabet stand up for social justice.

What you need to know YouTube has pledged $ 1 million to the Center for Police Equity amid protests in the U.S. The Center is a think-tank that has adopted a data-driven approach to tackling police brutality. YouTube’s algorithm has been criticized as being a funnel towards white supremacist content.

As the protests against police brutality in the U.S. intensified over the weekend,  [Read More…]

Police abuse of location data causes more harm than good

Being innocent doesn’t stop you from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Zachary McCoy enjoys riding his bike. It’s a great way to get a little fresh air and exercise, and millions like him do the same. McCoy also, like many other people, uses an app to keep track of his bike rides, and this put him in the crosshairs of Gainsville, Florida police as a suspect in a crime he didn’t commit. Welcome  [Read More…]

Police say Ring cameras aren’t as useful for law enforcement as you think

13 of 40 jurisdictions asked said there have been zero arrests due to Ring footage.

What you need to know Ring’s may be overestimating how effective its cameras are at preventing burglaries. There are several factors to consider when looking at the statistics, and Ring doesn’t share the data and methods it uses. Law enforcement doesn’t usually keep stats on how helpful Ring cameras are and often has trouble identifying those who are caught on camera.

When  [Read More…]

This is the Police 2 comes to Android and iOS, pre-registration open now

Manage your own police force and stay out of trouble, now on Android

What you need to know This is the Police 2 is a game about managing a police force stretched thin across a small town. This is the Police 2 is coming to mobile devices in the near future. The game will be $ 7.99 USD, with no microtransactions or in-game ads of any kind. Android users can pre-register for This  [Read More…]

A deal with Amazon lets local police request Ring footage from owners

Departments are also given free Ring products for promoting the Neighbors app.

What you need to know Amazon has partnered with some local police departments to push Ring products. In return for promoting Ring, Police departments get free doorbells for residents. Police can also access a special portal for requesting footage without a warrant.

Ring, the Amazon-owned company behind some of the most popular smart video doorbells, has come under fire once again for privacy concerns. This  [Read More…]

Police are using Google’s Timeline feature to collect location information

Another location feature that police are using to track individuals.

If you’re one of the millions of people with a Google account, you have a Google Maps Timeline. It might be blank — it’s tied to the Location History setting that caused more confusion than needed because of its name, and it checks in periodically on every mobile device tied to your account once you’ve agreed and opted in. For some people, this is helpful for things  [Read More…]

Supreme Court rules that police need warrants to get phone location info

The decision was ruled in favor with a 5-4 vote.

The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on June 22 stating that police must first get an official warrant before they can use cell tower data to track someone’s location.

This ruling comes from the Carpenter v. United States case that dates back six years to 2011. Timothy Carpenter was arrested for a robbery in Detroit during that year, but only after police tracked down 12,898  [Read More…]

Amazon denies police request for Echo voice recordings in murder case

How secure are your Echo recordings? For now, Amazon is keeping them protected.

According to a report from The Information, police in Bentonville, Arkansas recently issued a warrant for Amazon to release recordings from the Echo owned by a man set to go on trial for first-degree murder. Amazon declined to give Echo-related recordings to the authorities, but did offer some account details and purchase history related to the account — which in some ways could prove to be  [Read More…]

Police look to unlock smartphone using 3D-printed fingerprints

A law enforcement agency has turned to a researcher at the University of Michigan for help in creating 3D replicas of a victim’s fingerprints in order to gain access his phone. The technique, demonstrated earlier this year by Anil Jain, could help law enforcement unlock a device equipped with a fingerprint scanner.

While many modern fingerprint sensors require not only a fingerprint, but the electrical conductivity of a living finger, this technique is designed to get  [Read More…]

Samsung works with West Yorkshire Police force to deploy the Galaxy Note 3

Samsung today announced the company has partnered with the West Yorkshire Police force in the UK. A total of four thousand Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphones are being issued to front line officers and members of staff, replacing traditional notebooks.