Scottish police debuts portable 'cyber kiosks' that lets officers scan smartphones and laptops

Scottish police debuts portable 'cyber kiosks' that lets officers scan smartphones and laptops

The current process for reviewing on-device data could last for several months as devices were retrieved at crime scenes and sent to special labs for further analysis, which would leave both suspects, victims, and witnesses subject to the same frustrating wait times.‘The introduction of cyber kiosks will enable us to quickly identify if a device contains material related to an investigation,’ a video from the Scotland Police explains.

The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard.Lawmakers introduced the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) in 1994 after a private investigator hired by a stalker obtained the address of actress Rebecca Schaeffer from the DMV.

Hiding In Plain Sight:

Hiding In Plain Sight:

I haven’t done anything with the information other than collect it and although my Bellingcat project didn’t focus on the cartels, it did give me the idea to see if I could use a Russian facial recognition website (FindClone) introduced to me by the Bellingcat team to locate active social media profiles of individuals wanted by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

Moscow Cops Sell Access to City CCTV, Facial Recognition Data

Moscow Cops Sell Access to City CCTV, Facial Recognition Data

Andrey Kaganskikh, the journalist that did the investigation says that the sellers are law enforcement individuals as well as government bureaucrats that can log into the Integrated Center for Data Processing and Storage (YTKD), the very system that keeps the data from cameras in Moscow.

Could Law Enforcement Get Data From Alexa?

Could Law Enforcement Get Data From Alexa?

This was achieved on the 2nd generation version of the Echo Dot by Jessica Hyde of Magnet Forensics in 2017 using a method know as In-System Programming or ISP and allowed for the full extraction of data from the flash storage of the device.

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that Departments of Motor Vehicles should not profit from drivers' personal information after a Motherboard investigation found DMVs across the country selling data to a wide array of companies, including private investigators.

Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Law enforcement authorities in New York are joining a nationwide trend to push Google to share phone data on anyone using its location tracking services near the time and scene of a crime.

UK High Court rejects human rights challenge to bulk snooping powers

UK High Court rejects human rights challenge to bulk snooping powers

The challenge fixed on the presence of so-called “bulk” powers in the 2016 Investigatory Powers Act (IPA): A controversial capability that allows intelligence agencies to legally collect and retain large amounts of data, instead of having to operate via targeted intercepts.

In Hong Kong Protests, Faces Become Weapons

In Hong Kong Protests, Faces Become Weapons

After the officers tried to use his face to unlock the phone, they took him to a police station, where, he said, he was roughed up and interrogated. He said the plainclothes officers who arrested him did not identify themselves until they reached the police station.

Why a passcode is better than biometric access

Why a passcode is better than biometric access

However biometrics (DNA, fingerprints etc) are not protected and multiple cases have been observed where no legal process was needed in order to open a device with biometrics enabled. Until there are significant changes in legislation and security which protect biometric data, fingerprints and facial recognition as passwords will continue to be insecure.

Feds Force Suspect To Unlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

Feds Force Suspect To Unlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

A child abuse investigation unearthed by Forbes includes the first known case in which law enforcement used Apple Face ID facial recognition technology to open a suspect's iPhone.

GCHQ data collection violated human rights, Strasbourg court rules

GCHQ data collection violated human rights, Strasbourg court rules

GCHQ’s methods in carrying out bulk interception of online communications violated privacy and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards, the European court of human rights has ruled in a test case judgment.