Reuters: Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained – sources. “Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.”
The Trace: What I Learned From Making Dozens of Public Records Requests for Police Data. “To tailor an effective request, first consult the database’s user manual. Here are 21 examples that might help.”
PoliceOne: NYPD to add hate crime statistics to public crime database. “In the wake of a pair of anti-Semitic attacks separated by only three weeks in New York and New Jersey, the NYPD announced on Monday that it intends to add hate crimes to its publicly-available crime database — CompStat — for the first time since the stat-tracking site’s inception.”
Motherboard: This Secretive Surveillance Company Is Selling Cops Cameras Hidden in Gravestones . “Special Services Group, the vendor behind the brochure, does not advertise its products publicly. Its logo is the floating-eye-in-pyramid logo seen on the back of the $1 bill, which conspiracy theorists associate with the Illuminati, and the company’s slogan is ‘Constant Vigilance.’ The company is so secretive that, when asked for comment for this story, it threatened VICE with legal action if we published this article.” Mad-Eye Moody jokes go in that bin over there.
Fast Company: San Diego’s massive, 7-year experiment with facial recognition technology appears to be a flop. “Since 2012, the city’s law enforcement agencies have compiled over 65,000 face scans and tried to match them against a massive mugshot database. But it’s almost completely unclear how effective the initiative was, with one spokesperson saying they’re unaware of a single arrest or prosecution that stemmed from the program.”
Politico: ‘We have a huge problem’: European regulator despairs over lack of enforcement. “Passed in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was largely viewed as a model for the United States and other nations struggling to find effective limits on data collection by technology companies. There was little doubt that, given the breadth of the law and the many suspected violations by global tech firms, there would soon be heavy fines or, at least, sanctions that would force Big Tech to change its operating methods. But that promise has not been fulfilled.”
Telangana Today: Hyderabad’s tipplers rely on Google maps to hoodwink cops. “In a bid to evade cops armed with breath analyzers carrying out drunken driving checks, the tipplers have started searching traffic jams in the search box on Google Maps in the night.”