French activists fear that a proposed new security law will deprive them of a potent weapon against abuse – cellphone videos of police activity – threatening their efforts to document possible cases of police brutality, especially in impoverished immigrant neighborhoods.
French President Emmanuel Macron´s government is pushing a new security bill that makes it illegal to publish images of police officers with intent to cause them harm, amid other measures. Critics fear the new law could hurt press freedoms and make it more difficult for all citizens to report on police brutality.
“I was lucky enough to have videos that protect me,” said Michel Zecler, a Black music producer who was beaten up recently by several French police officers. Videos first published Thursday by French website Loopsider have been seen by over 14 million viewers, resulting in widespread outrage over police actions.
Hacktivists have reportedly downed the website of Uganda Police in the wake of protests triggered by the arrest of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known by his pop star alias, Bobi Wine.
Wine is the presidential candidate of the center-left progressive political party, the National Unity Platform (NUP). He was arrested in Eastern Uganda’s Luuka District and charged with violating government restrictions on gatherings put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 by holding mass rallies.
Nicholas Opiyo, Wine’s lawyer, said that the Iganga Court released the singer on bail in the afternoon of Friday, November 20. According to RedPepper Digital, the Uganda Police website went down later that same night.
Visitors to https://www.upf.go.ug/ were redirected to a different address where the following message was displayed: “This site can’t be reached. www.upf.go.ug took too long to respond.”
RedPepper reports that well-known international hacking collective Anonymous was responsible for the cyber-attack.
A man, 78, reported Nov. 12 being the victim of a scam after he called a phone number associated with an email about anti-virus protection. He was under belief he was going to receive virus protection, but during the call he gave access to his bank accounts and a $48,000 transfer took place. The transfer was successful as the man did not report the incident for several days. Police are working with his bank to investigate the matter.
Theft: Wilson Mills Road
A Cleveland man, 57, stole $432 worth of merchandise from Home Depot Nov. 11 and left in a vehicle as a passenger. That vehicle was stopped by South Euclid police and the man admitted to theft. He was charged with theft and turned over to Maple Heights police on active warrant.
The Los Angeles Police Department issued a moratorium on the use of commercial facial recognition software on Tuesday, effectively ending a trial with dystopian software manufacturer Clearview AI that the department had long sought to downplay.
The decision reportedly comes after Buzzfeed Newsprobed the LAPD’s use of the software, which officials had in the past claimed to only deploy “sparingly.” Contrary to those claims, however, the investigation found that more than 25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches over a three month period in 2019, using the facial recognition software as a tool to scrape non-criminal images from their vast databases. Typically, those databases are compiled by culling photos from social media and other public internet platforms, which has drawn the ire of civil liberties activists who claim that the data is gathered without the consent of the
Above: The San Diego Police Department headquarters is shown in this updated photo.
San Diego had been posting internal records from the police department online for about a year, but that was shut down Monday when officials accidentally published a document with confidential information about a crime victim.
San Diego police Capt. Jeffrey Jordon said the department made a mistake, and the website NextRequest where the documents are available won’t let the department take down the one incriminating document, so they had to take everything down temporarily. He’s unsure when the records will be accessible again, and said the department is considering switching all the documents to a different platform.
Police departments are required to release internal reports when their officers are investigated for shootings or use of force resulting in great bodily injury, or when they’re found
A federal judge in Milwaukee could make a decision in the coming weeks on a bid to dismiss a lawsuit filed against an online marketplace accused of facilitating the sale of the gun used in the 2018 killing of Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer.
The organization Brady: United Against Gun Violence in February filed a lawsuit on behalf of Bauer’s family against Armslist, a website that connects buyers and sellers of firearms and advertises their weapons for sale. The lawsuit alleges Armslist created a forum that allowed its users to bypass background checks and other restrictions that could potentially make it easier for felons or others prohibited from owning guns to possess them.
On Oct. 29, the day after a Cook County judge sentenced Bauer’s convicted killer Shomari Legghette to life in prison, arguments were heard in federal court in Wisconsin on Armslist’s motion to dismiss the suit on grounds
On Tuesday, citizens of Portland, Maine, passed a ballot initiative banning use of facial recognition and surveillance technology by law enforcement, the Bangor Daily News reported. The Portland City Council had banned use of this software by police and city agencies in August, but this measure strengthens that ordinance.
The new measure gives citizens the ability to sue the city for illegal surveillance, requires the city to suppress evidence illegally obtained through such surveillance, and makes violations by city employees grounds for suspension or termination, the Portland Press Herald reported. It also allows a citizen to receive $100 per violation, or $1,000, whichever is greater, plus attorney’s fees.
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The ban does not apply to private companies.
Portland, Maine, isn’t the only city with a facial recognition ban in place: Since 2019, San
The pilot is limited to up to five city-owned cameras and five private devices. Police will only access feeds when a crime has been reported in the area, Lumumba said. The crime center could then use nearby cameras to look for things like escape routes, getaway vehicles and potential suspects running away from a scene.
Two companies are providing police equipment to monitor feeds. One of them, FUSUS, has a cloud-based platform through which crime centers can obtain surveillance video. “FUSUS allows us to connect into cameras,” Lumumba said. “If someone says, ‘I want my Ring door camera to be used,’ we’ll be able to use it.”
“This is not a Ring program and Ring is not working with any of the companies or the city in connection with this program,” a Ring spokesperson told Engadget in a statement. Engadget has contacted other home security camera manufacturers and the Jackson
Law enforcement in Jackson, Mississippi has launched a pilot program that allows officers to tap into private surveillance devices during criminal investigations.
On Monday, the AP reported that the trial, now signed off by the city, will last for 45 days.
The pilot program uses technology provided by Pileum and Fusus, an IT consultancy firm and a provider of a cloud-based video, sensor, and data feed platform for the law enforcement market.
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WLBT says that up to five city-owned and five private cameras will be used during the trial. However, if the scheme is considered successful, residents could then be encouraged to submit their own cameras to the pool — drastically expanding the surveillance capabilities of local law enforcement.
Once a crime is reported, police will be able to “access cameras in the area” to
Come December, NSW Police will formally kick off the modernisation project of its mainframe, after operating with the same core system for the last 24 years.
The project will see NSW Police, together with Unisys and Mark43, replace the force’s central database, which is used for everyday operations, including logging criminal incidents to intelligence gathering, and pressing charges, which will have a new integrated policing operation system (IPOS).
“After more than 20 years of trying to do something with the mainframe, I’m hoping we’ll finally crack it with IPOS, a born-in-the-cloud policing platform that will do the things that police need and deserve, in terms of a mobile-first digital platform,” NSW Police chief information and technology officer Gordon Dunsford told ZDNet.
Expected to take five years to complete, the IPOS project will be carried out in three phases.
The first phase — anticipated to take 18 months to finish —