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Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families

Palantir’s surveillance software has become a backbone of US law enforcement, particularly Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Palantir’s secret user manuals for law enforcement shows that with just the name of a person, law enforcement can use Palantir’s software to map that target’s family relationships, get their Social Security number, address, phone number, height, weight, and eye color. Add a license plate number, and Palantir’s system can often allow law enforcement to track where people have been during any period of time.

Source: Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families | WIRED

France enacts Decree on application of data protection

On 1 June 2019 Decree No. 2019-536 of 29 May 2019 Enacted For the Application of Act No. 78-17 of 6 January 1978 on Data Processing, Files and Individual Liberties came into force.

The Decree clarifies procedural rules of the French data protection authority, including its control and sanctions, and further specifies data subject rights. It also brings Act on Data Processing, Files and Individual Liberties in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Directive with Respect to Law Enforcement.

Read the Decree here (in French).

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

The tech giant records people’s locations worldwide. Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes, running the risk of snaring the innocent.

The warrants, which draw on an enormous Google database employees call Sensorvault, turn the business of tracking cellphone users’ locations into a digital dragnet for law enforcement. In an era of ubiquitous data gathering by tech companies, it is just the latest example of how personal information — where you go, who your friends are, what you read, eat and watch, and when you do it — is being used for purposes many people never expected.

Source: Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police – The New York Times

DNA Testing Company Will Allow Customers to Opt Out of sharing data with FBI

FamilyTreeDNA drew heat from privacy advocates after it was revealed that the company let the FBI access its database.

The decision exposes the ethical and legal conundrums surrounding at-home DNA testing and illustrates the tension between protecting users’ privacy and aiding law enforcement in catching violent criminals. Law enforcement has increasingly been using genealogy to solve crimes.

Source: DNA Testing Company Will Allow Customers to Opt Out of Helping FBI Amid Privacy Concerns

UK’s ICO rides two businesses

The UK’s data protection watchdog raided two businesses suspected of making millions of nuisance calls.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has been investigating the companies, based in Brighton and Birmingham, for a year after receiving roughly 600 complaints about them.

The calls – said to involve road traffic accidents, personal injury claims and household insurance – did not identify the firms or allow people to opt out of receiving them.

Source: Raiding party! UK’s ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits • The Register

CJEU to clarify scope of copyright infringement data requests

The EU’s highest court has been asked to clarify what information copyright holders have a legal right to obtain from online platforms and intermediaries about internet users who are allegedly responsible for infringing their rights.

Source: CJEU to clarify scope of copyright infringement data requests

Police departments force Google to hand over data on anyone near a crime scene.

Police departments are using “reverse location search warrants” to force Google to hand over data on anyone near a crime scene. These legal mandates allow law enforcement to sweep up the coordinates and movements of every cellphone in a broad area.

Many privacy advocates argue that these sort of indiscriminate data sweeps are prohibited under the Fourth Amendment, which generally dictates that searches by law enforcement need to be specific and limited only to what’s necessary. One of the main concerns with these generalized searches is that the data of unsuspecting innocent people inevitably falls into the hands of police. Even though these people might not be breaking any laws, the information that such methods dredge up could still be revealing and sensitive.

Source: Reverse location search warrants: How police departments force Google to hand over data on anyone near a crime scene.

AI is sending people to jail—and getting it wrong

Modern-day risk assessment tools are often driven by algorithms trained on historical crime data. Using historical data to train risk assessment tools could mean that machines are copying the mistakes of the past.

Populations that have historically been disproportionately targeted by law enforcement—especially low-income and minority communities—are at risk of being slapped with high recidivism scores. As a result, the algorithm could amplify and perpetuate embedded biases and generate even more bias-tainted data to feed a vicious cycle.

Full article: AI is sending people to jail—and getting it wrong – MIT Technology Review

Facial recognition technology to be used in London streets

Retail zones and shops in the UK capital are guaranteed to be bustling with consumers seeking out presents this Yuletide period. But central London shoppers themselves may also be getting picked out by new facial recognition technology implemented by Metropolitan police.

Source: Facial recognition technology to be used in London streets

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