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US law enforcement now needs a warrant to use stingrays


Federal law enforcement agencies will now require a warrant before they can deploy stingrays and other similar devices. Any data collected will also have to be deleted post haste.

Stingrays used to track petty crime


Baltimore revealed that it's used stingrays 4300 times, and now we know most of that is on the level of check forgery and phone theft.

Law enforcement is learning to navigate the Dark Web

INTERPOL trains law enforcement to navigate the Darknet

Police from 11 countries got to role-play as vendors, buyers and admins on a virtual Darknet, replete with illicit marketplaces and cryptocurrencies.

EFF and MuckRock run census to find out how local police track your biometrics

EFF and MuckRock run census to find out how local police track your biometrics

Fill out the EFF form to generate a public records request and find out how police are tracking your fingers, face, DNA, tattoos and more.

Police say sorry after Facebook tit-for-tat with "keyboard warrior"

Police apologise after being bratty in Facebook tit-for-tat

How should you respond when you're representing an organisation on social media?

Insulting cops online now illegal in Canadian town

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One Facebook voice cries out in a resounding act of insulting civil disobedience: "Suck it up, buttercup!"

FBI: Hacktivists targeting US law enforcement as anti-police sentiment grows

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As Baltimore exploded in violent anti-police riots on Monday, the FBI was warning police officers and public officials across the US to be aware of targeted cyberattacks from hacktivists.

Police-taunting Facebook selfie poster jailed

Aaron Bee

Aaron Bee started posting the nyah-nyah images on Facebook after police put out an appeal asking for his whereabouts. Cue lots of pictures of Bee gesturing at police, their cars and a police station and a misspelled hashtag of #theystillcarntcatchme.

Police use lost phone to post selfies on woman's Facebook account

Police use lost phone to post selfies on woman's Facebook account

We charge this phone and Facebook account with flagrant lack of passcode and privacy protection!

NYPD cop arrested for hacking into FBI, traffic databases

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The NYPD cop installed a hidden camera and hacked into databases containing personal information about victims of traffic accidents so he could pose, among other things, as an attorney who could help them with legal claims.

Are Miami cops really flooding Waze with fake police sightings?


An NBC affiliate seems to think so, but others are dubious. Miami's finest would have to be lacking in tech smarts to think they could game the Google app.

Cop who stole nude photos from arrested women's seized phones escapes jail time

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Sean Harrington pleaded no contest to felony charges related to secretly forwarding suspects' photos to his and other officers' phones.

Google asked to muzzle Waze 'police-stalking' app

Police alert on Waze

US police are typically the ones to surveil, not the other way around, as Google's crowd-sourced, police-mapping traffic app is doing. Now sheriffs are asking Google to pull the plug on it.

Cops arrest another man after Christmas PlayStation/Xbox DDoS

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Police have arrested a second man in connection with the Lizard Squad's Grinch-like Christmas attack on gamers.

Have the cops busted one of the Lizard Squad?


The "Lizard Squad" took out Microsoft's and Sony's games networks on Christmas Day.

Everyone involved knew in advance that law enforcement would be *very* interested in whodunnit...

YouTube channel swamps police with requests for disclosure of body-cam video

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A YouTube channel has been surfacing police body-cam footage. It now has some 75 videos up, showing, among other things, men with knives, break-ins, car accidents, drug smoking, and an emergency phone call about a woman going into labor. Subjects' privacy, it seems, is getting trampled in the stampede to get at such video.

Dubai police add facial recognition to Google Glass

Dubai police add facial recognition to Google Glass

A spokesman confirmed a report that Dubai police have developed software that will connect a Glass wearer to a database of wanted people.

Is it 1984 yet?

"You're under arrest for possession of an insecure phone" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's 60 Second Security video.

News you can use in a format you can enjoy...all in 60 seconds!

San Jose Police seek private residents' security camera footage for database

San Jose Police seek private residents' security camera footage for database

San Jose residents are voluntarily signing up to make it easy for Police to use their security camera footage. Is it a sensible and well managed use of available technology or, as the EFF claims, is it police overreach?

US local police department pays CryptoLocker ransom

Police advice if you are hit by CryptoLocker is to take it on the chin, and not to pay up.

That's a pretty hard demand to make of anyone, and all but impossible to insist on for everybody, but you would at least expect the police themselves to follow it...