US Department of Justice: 12 Tribes Selected For Participation In Program Enhancing Tribal Access To National Crime Information Databases

US Department of Justice: 12 Tribes Selected For Participation In Program Enhancing Tribal Access To National Crime Information Databases. “The Department of Justice has selected an additional 12 federally recognized tribes to participate in the expansion of the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP), a program that provides tribal governments with means to access, enter, and exchange data with national crime information systems, including those maintained by the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division and the states.”

The new warrant: how US police mine Google for your location and search history (The Guardian)

The Guardian: The new warrant: how US police mine Google for your location and search history . “It was a routine bike ride around the neighborhood that landed Zachary McCoy in the crosshairs of the Gainesville, Florida, police department. In January 2020, an alarming email from Google landed in McCoy’s inbox. Police were requesting his user data, the company told him, and McCoy had seven days to go to court and block its release. McCoy later found out the request was part of an investigation into the burglary of a nearby home the year before.”

New Jersey Monitor: N.J. top cop notes 22 COVID-related deaths among police in a week as unions continue anti-mandate push

New Jersey Monitor: N.J. top cop notes 22 COVID-related deaths among police in a week as unions continue anti-mandate push. “There was a spate of virus-related deaths among police officers last week as law enforcement unions in some corners of the state fight to head off vaccine mandates, State Police Superintendent Pat Callahan said at Monday’s virus briefing. Twenty-three police officers at varying levels of government died last week, Callahan said., and 22 of the deaths appear related to COVID-19. The New Jersey State Police said Tuesday afternoon Callahan was speaking about nationwide figures, not those specific to New Jersey.”

The Guardian: LA officers sue over vaccine mandate as police across California threaten to resign

The Guardian: LA officers sue over vaccine mandate as police across California threaten to resign. “Los Angeles police department (LAPD) employees have sued over requirements they get vaccinated for Covid-19, alleging that the department has created a ‘hostile work environment’ for the unvaccinated and that the mandate violates employees’ privacy and civil rights.”

Charlotte Observer: NC criminal justice group launches database to track reports of police misconduct

Charlotte Observer: NC criminal justice group launches database to track reports of police misconduct. “Emancipate NC, a Durham-based criminal justice organization, has launched a platform to track police misconduct throughout North Carolina. The non-profit said its online tool will allow people to report negative experiences with law enforcement officers, and that community responses will be used to form a database.”

Washington Post: State troopers accused of making fake vaccination cards resign after colleagues turn them in

Washington Post: State troopers accused of making fake vaccination cards resign after colleagues turn them in. “Shawn Sommers and Raymond Witkowski resigned Aug. 10, a day after a colleague raised concerns about the alleged fraud to supervisors, while David Pfindel’s resignation took effect Friday after an investigation by Vermont’s Department of Public Safety, according to a police statement. Authorities said the three men, who were reported to supervisors by their fellow troopers, ‘are suspected of having varying roles in the creation of fraudulent covid-19 vaccination cards, which may be a violation of federal law.’”

France 24: French ex-health minister Buzyn under formal investigation over handling of pandemic

France 24: French ex-health minister Buzyn under formal investigation over handling of pandemic. “Former French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn has been put under formal investigation on Friday over her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, after investigators at a special court in Paris concluded there were grounds to prosecute her. Buzyn has been charged with “endangering the lives of others”, the prosecutor of the Republic’s Court of Justice said, but not for a second possible offence of ‘failure to stop a disaster’.”

Wired: ProtonMail Amends Its Policy After Giving Up an Activist’s Data

Wired: ProtonMail Amends Its Policy After Giving Up an Activist’s Data. “As usual, the devil is in the details—ProtonMail’s original policy simply said that the service does not keep IP logs ‘by default.’ However, as a Swiss company, ProtonMail was obliged to comply with a Swiss court’s demand that it begin logging IP address and browser fingerprint information for a particular ProtonMail account.”

Revealed: LAPD officers told to collect social media data on every civilian they stop (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Revealed: LAPD officers told to collect social media data on every civilian they stop . “Copies of the ‘field interview cards’ that police complete when they question civilians reveal that LAPD officers are instructed to record a civilian’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media accounts, alongside basic biographical information. An internal memo further shows that the police chief, Michel Moore, told employees that it was critical to collect the data for use in ‘investigations, arrests, and prosecutions’”, and warned that supervisors would review cards to ensure they were complete. The documents, which were obtained by the not-for-profit organization the Brennan Center for Justice, have raised concerns about civil liberties and the potential for mass surveillance of civilians without justification.”

TechCrunch: ProtonMail logged IP address of French activist after order by Swiss authorities

TechCrunch: ProtonMail logged IP address of French activist after order by Swiss authorities. “ProtonMail, a hosted email service with a focus on end-to-end encrypted communications, has been facing criticism after a police report showed that French authorities managed to obtain the IP address of a French activist who was using the online service. The company has communicated widely about the incident, stating that it doesn’t log IP addresses by default and it only complies with local regulation — in that case Swiss law. While ProtonMail didn’t cooperate with French authorities, French police sent a request to Swiss police via Europol to force the company to obtain the IP address of one of its users.”

‘Stop listening to social media’: Florida sheriff encourages people to get vaccinated (WESH)

WESH: ‘Stop listening to social media’: Florida sheriff encourages people to get vaccinated. “Some law enforcement officers have been hesitant to get vaccinated. But now, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister is taking a firm stance to push his deputies to get the shot…. ‘Stop listening to the politicians. Start listening to the medical professionals and the scientists and get vaccinated,’ Chronister said. ‘If you don’t want to do it for yourself do it for your coworkers, do it for your family and do it to stay alive.’”

Cornell Chronicle: Police union websites preserved by library archive

Cornell Chronicle: Police union websites preserved by library archive. “Spearheaded by the library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives in Catherwood Library, in the ILR School, the Police Unions and Associations archive features a curated collection of 165 public safety organizations’ websites, from the Alliance of Hispanic Law Enforcement to the Vulcan Society, a fraternal organization of Black New York City firefighters. Each represents one of four constituencies: labor unions, professional associations, minority law enforcement organizations and police accountability organizations.”