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London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

London's Metropolitan Police have been urged to back down on plans to once again use facial recognition software at next weekend's Notting Hill Carnival. Privacy groups including Big Brother Watch, Liberty and Privacy International have written to police commissioner Cressida Dick (PDF) calling for a U-turn on the use of the …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Aug 2017

Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

Almost three-quarters of police forces have forked out more than £22m on body-worn cameras, but are failing to properly monitor how the videos are used in court, according to a report released today. Proponents of the technology argue it will improve transparency in frontline policing, stop police and the public from behaving …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Aug 2017
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London cops bust fake Cisco hardware chain

City of London cops today confirmed they have confiscated hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit Cisco networking gear. Officers from the Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) raided a premises in Herne Bay, Kent, on 25 July and discovered more than 1,000 counterfeit items of networking kit. Several …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2017

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3, 4G: Tube comms trials for emergency crews

Transport for London has tentatively started testing 4G on the Tube for emergency services. TfL's CTO said he was not "absolutely confident" it would be complete by January, 2019, however. The £2.9bn Airwave contract, which dates from 2000, will be switched off by 2020 and replaced by the 4G Emergency Services Network (ESN) …
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2017
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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

+Comment Devon and Cornwall Police is launching its drone-equipped aerial surveillance team today. The flying spy team was first established two years ago on a trial basis and has now been made a permanent unit within D&C Police. Its remit is to provide the same sort of aerial surveillance that the force helicopter provided but at a …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Jul 2017
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'Help! I'm stuck in this ATM,' writes poor bloke on a scribbled note

Police were called to a bank in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a customer getting money out of an ATM was passed a note pleading for help from inside the machine. The contractor working on the cash machine had accidentally locked himself inside the ATM room and realized he had left his phone in his truck. He scribbled notes …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jul 2017
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Queensland Police want access to locked devices

The Australian State of Queensland wants the power to force citizens to unlock their devices during a declared terrorist emergency. The state government introduced legislation under the title “Counter-Terrorism and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016” earlier this month. The bill's explanatory note (PDF) complains that …

WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera reboot frenzy in Australia

A contractor in the Australian State of Victoria has managed to infect an unknown number of speed cameras with a virus, over sneakernet. Details aren't so much sketchy as they are confused: the virus has been identified as WannaCrypt, but the government's been told it infected both Linux and Windows-based cameras; there was no …
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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

A wayward quadcopter is being blamed for a power outage in Google's back yard this week. The city of Mountain View said that a large portion of the city, including city hall and the central library, were without power from 8:15 to 11:00 Thursday night, as part of an outage that knocked out service to around 1,600 customers. …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jun 2017
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Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

Official anti-ransomware advice issued by UK police to businesses can only be read by clicking on a link titled "Ransomware" which leads direct to a file helpfully named "Ransomware.pdf". In case you've been living under a rock, large chunks of the digitised world, including most of the NHS, were, ahem, digitally disrupted by …
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017
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Leeds cops issue appeal for man-sized todger

West Yorkshire police are seeking a giant penis who may have witnessed a serious assault in Leeds city centre in April. via yorkshire police. yes really. inflatable penis costume An image helpfully supplied by West Yorkshire police - almost certainly of a person modelling the costume rather than the alleged witness In the …
John Oates, 17 May 2017
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It's been a few days, so what fresh trouble has Uber got into now?

Lawsuit magnet Uber today settled one case in Washington – while a much larger potential issue has arisen in Philadelphia. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has reportedly expanded its probe into Uber's "Greyball" technology to cover the dial-a-ride app's shenanigans in the city of Philadelphia along with the previously …
Shaun Nichols, 8 May 2017
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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

The chief constable of Sussex Police has labelled his staff “everyday heroes” for using the UK's Terrorism Act to stop and search a photographer taking pictures of Hove Town Hall. Professional snapper Eddie Mitchell was detained for an hour by police in the south coast town on Thursday (May 4). A police employee who was not a …
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Greater Manchester cops fined after victim interview vids lost in post

Greater Manchester Police has been fined £150,000 after three DVDs containing footage of interviews with victims of violent or sexual crimes were lost in the post. Cops sent the unencrypted (our emphasis) DVDs to the Serious Crime Analysis Section of the National Crime Agency by recorded delivery but they never arrived. The …
John Leyden, 4 May 2017

Drone complaints to cops are up twelvefold in three years

The number of UK complaints about drones has shot up twelvefold over the past three years. Police reports about everything from mid-air near misses to irate neighbours squabbling about flights over gardens to criminals flying drugs into prisons were collated by the Press Association newswire agency for 2014-2016. It found …

Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

Coppers in England and Wales are "persistently" committing data breaches, according to the Police Federation's head of misconduct. Technologies from the Police National Computer (PNC) systems through to the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) databases are "increasingly being used by officers for non-work related reasons …
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Police Scotland and Accenture were at odds over ill-fated IT project i6

An audit into Accenture and Police Scotland's disastrous attempts to develop a unified IT system has found that the project collapsed because Accenture underestimated the programme's complexity and the resources needed to develop it, alongside a breakdown in the two parties' relationship. Published this morning, the report by …
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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

+Comment Facebook reported BBC journalists to the police after the reporters accidentally emailed them images of child sexual abuse, the social network's PR has alleged. The BBC was investigating private Facebook groups used to share both legal and illegal images, some of the latter of which featured children being abused. Its …

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