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Predictive Policing Continues to Gain Wide Acceptance

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Algorithms prevent crime before it happens Police in the US, and increasingly in Europe, are using statistical models to predict where crime will happen next. This computer-driven law enforcement has reduced crime, but has also raised civil liberties concerns. The London Metropolitan Police Service has become the latest in a string of law enforcement agencies to adopt statistical software that aims to prevent crime by predicting where it will happen next. Called PredPol, the computer program has been used for years in the United States, where it has apparently helped reduce the rate of assault, burglaries and robberies in major metro areas. Developed at UCLA in California by … [Read more...]

Security Loopholes in OHLEG Facial Recognition Database

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Ohio scrambles to secure facial recognition system Spotlight is on attorney general's office to protect software from misuse Written by Chrissie Thompson | Article Courtesy of:  Mansfield New Journal Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine held a press conference in his Columbus offices Monday morning. It covered a number of topics, including the Enquirer's investigation into the use of facial recognition software and BMV license photos. Police officers say the database has revolutionized some parts of their jobs, even as civil liberties groups worry about misuse. Three examples: 1. It’s a smart search engine. Even before facial recognition software, OHLEG could help identify an unknown suspect. It … [Read more...]

Consumer Data Access

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If My Data Is an Open Book, Why Can’t I Read It?  Article Courtesy of:  The New York Times | By NATASHA SINGER OUR mobile carriers know our locations: where our phones travel during working hours and leisure time, where they reside overnight when we sleep. Verizon Wireless even sells demographic profiles of customer groups — including ZIP codes for where they “live, work, shop and more” — to marketers. But when I called my wireless providers, Verizon and T-Mobile, last week in search of data on my comings and goings, call-center agents told me that their companies didn't share customers’ own location logs with them without a subpoena. Consolidated Edison monitors my household’s energy … [Read more...]

Police License Plate Readers Spark Privacy Concerns Nationwide

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License plate-reading devices fuel privacy debate Technology helps police respond to crimes, violations, but broad use, lack of regulations raise privacy worries. Article Courtesy of:  The Boston Globe Automated License Plate Recognition Video CHELSEA — The high-speed cameras mounted on Sergeant Robert Griffin’s cruiser trigger a beeping alarm every time they read another license plate, automatically checking to see if each car is unregistered, uninsured, or stolen. In a single hour of near-constant beeps, Griffin runs 786 plates on parked cars without lifting a finger. The plate-reading cameras were introduced for police use in Massachusetts in 2008, and quickly proved their worth. The one on … [Read more...]

Help Solve This Tough Case “Any Ideas?”

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Police admit they're 'stumped' by mystery car thefts  Jeff Rossen and Josh Davis | Article Courtesy of:  TODAY There's a new wave of auto thefts that police can't figure out. So could you be at risk? TODAY National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen looked into it. This is a real mystery. You think when you lock your car and set the alarm, your car is pretty safe. But criminals have designed a new high-tech gadget giving them full access to your car. It's so easy, it's like the criminals have your actual door remote. Police are so baffled they want to see if you can help crack the case. A Long Beach, Calif., surveillance video shows a thief approaching a locked SUV in a driveway. … [Read more...]

Big Data & the Boston Marathon Probe

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Extracting Key Investigative Data from the "Noise" Over Ten Terabytes of Data did not overwhelm federal, local and state investigators.   What follows is a fascinating story involving advanced data access, tracking and retrieval technologies.  Boston probe's big data use hints at the future By Frank Konkel - Article Courtesy of:  FCW Less than 24 hours after two explosions killed three people and injured dozens more at the April 15 Boston Marathon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had compiled 10 terabytes of data in hopes of finding needles in haystacks of information that might lead to the suspects. The tensest part of the ongoing investigation – the death of one suspect and the capture … [Read more...]

ATF Buying Huge Amounts of Big Data for Criminal Investigations

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The ATF Wants ‘Massive’ Online Database to Find Out Who Your Friends Are BY ROBERT BECKHUSEN  Article Courtesy of:  Wired.com The ATF is looking to speed up its caseload with an automated database for searching individuals — like these cadets during a 2010 civilian training session — and discovering the relationships between them. The ATF doesn’t just want a huge database to reveal everything about you with a few keywords. It wants one that can find out who you know. And it won’t even try to friend you on Facebook first. According to a recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the bureau is looking to buy a “massive online data repository system” for its … [Read more...]

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