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Amazon Is Under Fire for Selling Controversial Facial Recognition Tech to Police

The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to “easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.”

Source: ACLU to Amazon: Don’t Market Face Recognition Tech to Police | Time

Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US

A hacker has provided Motherboard with the login details for a company that buys phone location data from major telecom companies and then sells it to law enforcement.

Source: Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US – Motherboard

Livestreaming police surveillance video sparks privacy, racial profiling concerns

Dozens of police surveillance cameras are now streaming live online for the public to monitor. The mayor wants people to call in tips based on what they see, but experts said that could lead to racial profiling.

Source: Livestreaming police surveillance video sparks privacy, racial profiling concerns – Philly

Police can request communications data even if crime is not ‘serious’

EU law permits communications data laws to be enforced by the police and other authorities even when they crimes they are investigating are not ‘serious’, providing there is no serious interference with privacy rights, an adviser to the EU’s highest court has said.

Source: Communications data laws can apply to crimes that are not ‘serious’, says EU court adviser

EU proposes shorter deadlines for cross-border handover of communications evidence

The European Commission has proposed new rules aimed at making it quicker and easier for law enforcement officials to gain access to communications in another EU state.

Under the proposal, communication service providers would be required to respond within 10 days to a request for evidence, or six hours in the event of an emergency. That compares to 120 days under the current European Investigation Order.

Source: EU proposes shorter deadlines for cross-border handover of communications evidence – Telecompaper

Why Police Should Monitor Social Media to Prevent Crime

Citizens may object to their social media mining by law enforcement, but the practice can keep the public safe.

Police departments should continue to monitor social media to inform law enforcement. After all, social media sites are full of data that can make police interventions more effective, from posts about crimes in progress to damning evidence offered freely by criminals and even live videos of crimes. However, in designing these initiatives, police departments need to pay closer attention to the Constitution as well as the needs of citizens.

Source: Why Police Should Monitor Social Media to Prevent Crime | WIRED

A Tale of Two Poorly Designed Cross-Border Data Access Regimes

On Tuesday, the European Commission published two legislative proposals that could further cement an unfortunate trend towards privacy erosion in cross-border state investigati­ons.

Building on a foundation first established by the recently enacted U.S. CLOUD Act , these proposals compel tech companies and service providers to ignore critical privacy obligations in order to facilitate easy access when facing data requests from foreign governments.

Source: A Tale of Two Poorly Designed Cross-Border Data Access Regimes

Cloud data privacy for businesses unclear after Supreme Court drops Microsoft case

The case led to the CLOUD Act, which requires tech companies comply with court orders for data stored in the US and overseas.

After the passage of the CLOUD Act, the federal government attained a new warrant, which replaced the original warrant served on Microsoft in 2013. The court concluded Tuesday that there is no longer a “live dispute” between the US and Microsoft based on the legal changes, and directed the district court to dismiss the case.

Source: Cloud data privacy for businesses unclear after Supreme Court drops Microsoft case – TechRepublic

Leaked EU overhaul gives tech companies 10 days to share ‘e-evidence’ data with police

Messaging apps and other digital services will be forced to give their users’ data to law enforcement authorities within ten days of receiving requests, or six hours in emergencies, according to a leaked draft of an upcoming EU legal overhaul.

The European Commission will crack down on technology companies that collect so-called electronic evidence that is needed for criminal investigations, regardless of where companies are located or user data is stored, according to proposals obtained by EURACTIV.

Source: Leaked EU overhaul gives tech companies 10 days to share ‘e-evidence’ data with police – EURACTIV.com

Dutch police remove photos from social media over privacy complaints

Since November there were two cases of the Dutch police removing photos or videos from their social media feeds after complaints about privacy violations, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in response to parliamentary questions on the police’s social media policy.

The police regularly post self-made photos and videos on social media with the intention of giving people more insight into police work. But these images are not allowed to show anything that can be traced directly or indirectly to a person.

Source: Dutch police remove photos from social media over privacy complaints | NL Times

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