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The Next Frontier of Police Surveillance Is Drones

A major drone company DJI and a major police-camera company Axon are teaming up, and the possibilities are frightening. The devices will be linked to Axon’s cloud-based database for law enforcement, Evidence.com, which is used to process body-camera data too. And it could open a vast new frontier for police surveillance.

Source: Axon and DJI are teaming up to make surveillance drones, and the possibilities are frightening.

Justice ministers divided over proposal for police access to real-time data

National justice ministers are pushing to create new powers for law enforcement authorities to intercept communication data in real time as part of their criminal investigations.

But national governments and the European Parliament must agree on a compromise version of the legislation before it can go into effect—and the Commission is coming under pressure to carve out even more options for police to access data from tech firms.

Source: Justice ministers divided over proposal for police access to real-time data – EURACTIV.com

Police trial AI software to help process mobile phone evidence

Artificial intelligence software capable of interpreting images, matching faces and analysing patterns of communication is being piloted by UK police forces to speed up examination of mobile phones seized in crime investigations.

Source: Police trial AI software to help process mobile phone evidence

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

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