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Law enforcement can crack iPhones just fine without a backdoor

Law enforcement agencies may be able to access data on locked iPhones more often than they’re letting on, an analysis of hundreds of search warrants shows.

An analysis of more than 500 iPhone-related search warrants and cases shows that the situation is much more fluid than it would appear. Data shows that many law enforcement agencies, particularly ones at the federal level, are able to successfully extract data from even the most recent iPhones using digital forensics tools made by Grayshift and Cellebrite.

Source: Law enforcement can crack iPhones just fine without a backdoor

Surveillance Firm Banjo Used a Secret Company and Fake Apps to Scrape Social Media

One former employee said the secret company called Pink Unicorn Labs was doing the same thing as Cambridge Analytica, “but more nefariously, arguably.”

Banjo, an artificial intelligence firm that works with police used a shadow company to create an array of Android and iOS apps that looked innocuous but were specifically designed to secretly scrape social media. This was done to avoid detection by social networks. The news signifies an abuse of data by a government contractor, with Banjo going far beyond what companies which scrape social networks usually do.

Source: Surveillance Firm Banjo Used a Secret Company and Fake Apps to Scrape Social Media – VICE

China uses software to dictate Coronavirus quarantines

China encourages people to return to work despite the coronavirus outbreak, it has begun a bold mass experiment in using data to regulate citizens’ lives — by requiring them to use software on their smartphones that dictates whether they should be quarantined or allowed into subways, malls and other public spaces.

But a New York Times analysis of the software’s code found that the system does more than decide in real time whether someone poses a contagion risk. It also appears to share information with the police, setting a template for new forms of automated social control that could persist long after the epidemic subsides.

Source: In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, With Red Flags – The New York Times

Scotland Yard makes first arrest using live facial recognition technology

A woman arrested in Westminster, London yesterday has become the first to be apprehended by Metropolitan Police using its facial recognition technology.

The suspect was wanted in connection with a serious assault on an emergency worker.

Source: Met Police make first arrest using facial recognition technology | Daily Mail Online

London Police Just Turned On Facial Recognition In One Of The World’s Busiest Shopping Districts

Just across from the Microsoft store on London’s Regent Street, and just outside the entrance to the Oxford Circus tube station, cameras atop dark blue police vans are watching passersby.

The tech is fairly simple: Cameras scan faces and when one matches with one on their list of wanted criminal suspects, the police swoop in. But it’s more complex than that, with claims that the technology will often falsely identify people as criminals, especially when they’re not white.

Protesters say the tech is racist and destroys people’s privacy. Police say they’re trying to keep London safe.

Source: London Police Just Turned On Facial Recognition In One Of The World’s Busiest Shopping Districts

EU Police Push for Pan-European Facial Recognition Network

The proposal to link the EU’s facial recognition databases would likely connect them to the U.S. as well, in a massive consolidation of biometric data.

A report drawn up by the national police forces of 10 EU member states, led by Austria, calls for the introduction of EU legislation to introduce and interconnect such databases in every member state.

The report was produced as part of discussions on expanding the Prüm system, an EU-wide initiative connecting DNA, fingerprint, and vehicle registration databases for mutual searching.

Source: EU Police Push for Pan-European Facial Recognition Network

Met removes hundreds from gangs matrix after breaking data laws

Hundreds of young people have been removed from a controversial police list of alleged gang members after claims that it is discriminatory and blighted their life chances.

The Metropolitan police’s gangs matrix, which the force says is a vital tool in tackling violence in London, has been found to be breaking data laws.

Source: Met removes hundreds from gangs matrix after breaking data laws

Police keeping drink-driver’s DNA breached his rights, Human Rights Court rules

UK police who indefinitely retained in their records the DNA profile of a man convicted of drink-driving breached his human rights, Strasbourg judges have ruled.

Gaughran had complained that the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s continued retention of his DNA profile (the digital record of his DNA sample), fingerprints and a photograph was a breach of his privacy.

Gaughran was arrested for drink-driving in 2008 and pleaded guilty at Newry magistrates court. He was disqualified from driving for a year.

The judges said Gaughran’s biometric data had been held without reference to the severity of his offence. The UK’s regulations failed to strike a fair balance between competing public and private interests, the ECHR concluded.

Source: Police keeping drink-driver’s DNA breached his rights, judges rule | UK news | The Guardian

Hiding in plain sight: activists don camouflage to beat Met surveillance

Privacy campaigners bid to beat police facial recognition plans by wearing ‘dazzle’ makeup. Wearing makeup has long been seen as an act of defiance, from teenagers to New Romantics. Now that defiance has taken on a harder edge, as growing numbers of people use it to try to trick facial recognition systems.

Unlike fingerprinting and DNA testing, there are few restrictions on how police can use the new technology. And some of those who are concerned have decided to assert their right not to be put under surveillance with the perhaps unlikely weapon of makeup.

Source: Hiding in plain sight: activists don camouflage to beat Met surveillance | World news | The Guardian

Chicago police using controversial Clearview AI facial recognition tool that taps photos from Facebook, other sites

The Chicago Police Department is using a controversial facial recognition tool that allows investigators to search an image of unknown suspects to see if it matches a database of three billion photos lifted from websites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — a technology privacy advocates say is so ripe for abuse that cops should stop using it immediately.

Critics say Clearview AI’s software is an invasive overreach because it grabs the photos without the consent of those pictured or even the websites that post them. But Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said facial recognition software like Clearview adds “jet fuel” to the department’s ability to identify and locate suspects.

Source: Clearview AI facial recognition: Chicago police using controversial tool that taps photos from Facebook, other sites – Chicago Sun-Times

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