MIT Technology Review: Live facial recognition is tracking kids suspected of being criminals

MIT Technology Review: Live facial recognition is tracking kids suspected of being criminals. “In a national database in Argentina, tens of thousands of entries detail the names, birthdays, and national IDs of people suspected of crimes. The database, known as the Consulta Nacional de Rebeldías y Capturas (National Register of Fugitives and Arrests), or CONARC, began in 2009 as a part of an effort to improve law enforcement for serious crimes. But there are several things off about CONARC. For one, it’s a plain-text spreadsheet file without password protection, which can be readily found via Google Search and downloaded by anyone.”

CNET: Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show

CNET: Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show. “There are few things as revealing as a person’s search history, and police typically need a warrant on a known suspect to demand that sensitive information. But a recently unsealed court document found that investigators can request such data in reverse order by asking Google to disclose everyone who searched a keyword rather than for information on a known suspect.”

Bloomberg: Twitter, Google Back Nigerians Protesting Police Brutality

Bloomberg: Twitter, Google Back Nigerians Protesting Police Brutality. “Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have come out in support of Nigerians protesting a controversial police unit that became infamous for harassing young workers in the country’s burgeoning technology industry.”

WLNY: NYPD Threatens Disciplinary Action For Officers Who Don’t Wear Face Masks

WLNY: NYPD Threatens Disciplinary Action For Officers Who Don’t Wear Face Masks. “The NYPD is ordering all its officers to mask up or face disciplinary action. The move comes after criticism from the public and Gov. Andrew Cuomo that many officers were enforcing the rule but not following it themselves.”

KAWC: Prosecutors to Create Arizona Database For Questionable Officers

KAWC: Prosecutors to Create Arizona Database For Questionable Officers. “But an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union says it appears to be little more than ‘window dressing’ on what he contends is a flawed system. Jared Keenan said that still gives prosecutors a lot of leeway to refuse to add someone to the list and, more to the point, refuse to disclose to defense attorneys exactly what it is that caused that officer’s name to be added. And the new database itself is of little use to the public who may want to know more about the police or deputies in their community.”

WLNY: Gov. Cuomo Warns NYC Leaders To Step Up Mask And Social Distancing Enforcement, Could Hit City With $10,000 Fine

WLNY: Gov. Cuomo Warns NYC Leaders To Step Up Mask And Social Distancing Enforcement, Could Hit City With $10,000 Fine. “There are setbacks in the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. CBS2 has obtained new evidence that many people living in areas where there are COVID-19 clusters continue to ignore safety precautions. Now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to fine the city if it doesn’t fix things, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Friday.”

CBC: Ontario police used COVID-19 database illegally, civil rights groups find

CBC: Ontario police used COVID-19 database illegally, civil rights groups find. “Police forces across Ontario engaged in broad, illegal searches of a now-defunct COVID-19 database, two civil rights groups alleged Wednesday, claiming the use of the portal violated individual privacy rights for months. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) said in separate reports that many services used the database to look at COVID-19 test results for wide geographic areas and sometimes pulled up personal information unrelated to active calls.”

Miami Herald: Cops break up huge party of over 1,000 people at off-campus housing at FSU

Miami Herald: Cops break up huge party of over 1,000 people at off-campus housing at FSU. “A large gathering, with more than 1,000 people, was shut down by cops late Saturday night near Florida State University in Tallahassee. The party was at an off campus apartment complex called Tenn Street Apartments that saw at least 700 cars parked in the area, blocking travel lanes, cops said. The Tallahassee Police Department said that this bash was just one of a dozen large social events they broke up over the weekend, read a Facebook post from the agency.”

WFPL: Louisville Jail Shuts Down Public Inmate Log Amid Record Protest Arrests

WFPL: Louisville Jail Shuts Down Public Inmate Log Amid Record Protest Arrests. “The Louisville Metro Police Department made 127 arrests on Wednesday as protests roiled the city. It’s the most arrests LMPD has made on a single night since demonstrations began on May 28, and every other night, the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections made available an online database of who is currently sitting in the Louisville jail. But that wasn’t available for the 127 people arrested in the hours after the grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case. The agency’s online booking log, which allows users to search for individuals currently in custody, has been offline since at least Wednesday.”

BBC: Dark web drugs raid leads to 179 arrests

BBC: Dark web drugs raid leads to 179 arrests. “Police forces around the world have seized more than $6.5m (£5m) in cash and virtual currencies, as well as drugs and guns in a co-ordinated raid on dark web marketplaces. Some 179 people were arrested across Europe and the US, and 500kg (1,102lb) of drugs and 64 guns confiscated.”

Los Angeles Times: Despite past denials, LAPD has used facial recognition software 30,000 times in last decade, records show

Los Angeles Times: Despite past denials, LAPD has used facial recognition software 30,000 times in last decade, records show. “The Los Angeles Police Department has used facial recognition software nearly 30,000 times since 2009, with hundreds of officers running images of suspects from surveillance cameras and other sources against a massive database of mug shots taken by law enforcement. The new figures, released to The Times, reveal for the first time how commonly facial recognition is used in the department, which for years has provided vague and contradictory information about how and whether it uses the technology.”

Detroit Free Press: Michigan State Police’s website releases traffic stop data, use-of-force policy

Detroit Free Press: Michigan State Police’s website releases traffic stop data, use-of-force policy. “In hopes of increasing transparency, the Michigan State Police has recently published a new database that expands access to information such as department plans, training requirements, traffic stop data and use-of-force data. Much of the data was publicly available, but the new website puts it all in one space, with statistics up to 2019.”

Jakarta Post: Gresik residents made to dig graves as punishment for not wearing face masks

Jakarta Post: Gresik residents made to dig graves as punishment for not wearing face masks. “Eight people in Gresik regency, East Java, were ordered by local authorities to dig graves for those who have died of COVID-19 as punishment for not wearing face masks in public. Cerme district head, Suyono, said that he punished residents who did not wear face masks by making them dig graves at a public cemetery in Ngabetan village.”