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Police charity buys iPhone hacking tool
Published in News
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 11:41

Police charity buys iPhone hacking tool


Backdoor policing 

The San Diego Police Foundation, an organisation that receives donations from corporations, bought iPhone unlocking technology for the city's police department.

Police facial scanners are against the law
Published in News
Wednesday, 12 August 2020 11:06

Police facial scanners are against the law


Whole UK approach was a mess

An appeals court ruled that police use of facial recognition technology in the UK has "fundamental deficiencies" and violates several laws.

Companies flogging data to cops
Published in News
Thursday, 09 July 2020 10:48

Companies flogging data to cops


Stolen from websites

Some companies are flogging access to data stolen from websites to coppers in the hope that it can generate investigative leads, with the data including passwords, email addresses, IP addresses, and more.

Racially-biased facial recognition led to bloke's arrest
Published in AI


Bad enough when humans do it

It what is being touted as a world first, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man's arrest for a crime he did not commit  becauset the AI thought all black people looked alike.

iPhone will record police interactions
Published in Mobiles
Thursday, 18 June 2020 12:08

iPhone will record police interactions


Hey Siri I am being pulled over by a cop with his name badge taped over

An iPhone user created a shortcut that prompts an iPhone to begin recording police interactions by the user simply uttering the phrase: "Hey Siri, I'm getting pulled over."

Manchester whistleblowers warn cops computer system is pants
Published in News


If it were a dog, it would be put down

Greater Manchester Police whistleblowers say the force’s £27 million new computer system is rubbish, with several claiming someone could die as a result of its shortcomings.

Police facial recognition is rubbish
Published in News
Friday, 05 July 2019 11:42

Police facial recognition is rubbish


More than 80 percent inaccurate

Four out of five people identified by the Metropolitan Police's facial recognition technology as suspects were innocent, according to an independent report.

Apple fanboys don't have to give police the finger
Published in Mobiles


Biometrics are the same as a password

A US judge has ruled that US cops can’t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger any more than they can demand a password.

Police told not to look at iPhones
Published in Mobiles
Monday, 15 October 2018 12:04

Police told not to look at iPhones


You can’t afford them

Coppers have been told not to look at suspects iPhones so that they can be unlocked at a later date.

Apple partly surrenders to the man
Published in Mobiles
Friday, 07 September 2018 12:55

Apple partly surrenders to the man


Sets up access system

Fruity cargo cult Apple appears to have partly surrendered on fighting US coppers over its right to protect criminals and terrorists.