The Daily Beast: Manhattan DA Made Google Give Up Information on Everyone in Area as They Hunted for Antifa

The Daily Beast: Manhattan DA Made Google Give Up Information on Everyone in Area as They Hunted for Antifa. “Reverse search warrants have been used in other parts of the country, but this is the first time one was disclosed in New York. Unlike a traditional warrant, where law enforcement officials request information on a specific phone or individual, reverse warrants allow law enforcement to target an entire neighborhood.”

New York Times: The N.Y.P.D. Has 82,473 People in a DNA Database. Many Have No Idea.

New York Times: The N.Y.P.D. Has 82,473 People in a DNA Database. Many Have No Idea.. “About 31,400 of the DNA profiles in the city’s database came from people who were arrested or merely questioned in connection with a crime, but may not have been convicted, according to the Legal Aid Society, which obtained details about the database through a Freedom of Information Act request. One of those was the 12-year-old whose DNA was collected from a straw he used while talking to the police in March 2018. The felony charge against him was eventually dropped, but his DNA remained in the database for more than a year, his lawyer, Christine Bella, said.”

Ars Technica: Police can get your Ring doorbell footage without a warrant, report says

Ars Technica: Police can get your Ring doorbell footage without a warrant, report says. “Hundreds of police departments around the country have partnerships with Amazon’s home surveillance brand Ring. The relationship benefits both sides: the company provides tech and software to law enforcement, and the cops both provide data to Amazon and also help sell the product to local homeowners. That alone raises troubling issues, but according to a pair of new reports, Ring also gets access to real-time 911 data, and the company helps police work around a need for search warrants when looking for footage.”

Cops and corgis: New Russian social media bot puts riot police where you least expect them (Meduza)

Meduza: Cops and corgis: New Russian social media bot puts riot police where you least expect them. “FreeOmon is a bot account based in the social network Telegram. Its sole function is to add Russian riot police to preexisting images. Any user who sends the bot an image file immediately receives a new-and-improved, highly secured version in return. “

Cop a load of this: 1TB of police body camera videos found lounging around public databases (The Register)

The Register: Cop a load of this: 1TB of police body camera videos found lounging around public databases. “Jasun Tate, CEO of Black Alchemy Solutions Group, told The Register on Monday he and his team had identified about a terabyte of officer body cam videos, stored in unprotected internet-facing databases, belonging to the Miami Police Department, and cops in other US cities as well as places aboard. The operators of these databases – Tate suggests there are five service providers involved – work with various police departments. The footage apparently dates from 2018 to present.”

KMUW: New Website Intended To Increase Transparency Around Asset Forfeiture In Kansas

KMUW: New Website Intended To Increase Transparency Around Asset Forfeiture In Kansas. “A new website tracking property seizures by Kansas law enforcement went live on Monday. The Kansas Bureau of Investigations established the Kansas Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Repository as part of a 2018 law aimed at increasing transparency around the tool known as civil asset forfeiture.”

TechCrunch: With a single wiretap, police collected 9.2 million text messages

TechCrunch: With a single wiretap, police collected 9.2 million text messages. “For four months in 2018, authorities in Texas collected more than 9.2 million messages under a single court-authorized wiretap order, newly released figures show. The wiretap, granted by a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas, was granted as part of a narcotics investigation and became the federal wiretap with the most intercepts in 2018, according to the government’s annual wiretap report.”