Fake Cop Instagram Account Gets an OK From NJ Judge

In October this year, a case came under legal scrutiny when a DEA agent created a fake Facebook account of Sondra Prince, even using photos of her and her young son and niece to create the digital forgery. Facebook denounced the action as a serious breach of its terms and policies. But Instagram, it seems, is a… » 12/21/14 10:00am Sunday 10:00am

The NYPD Was Sued an Average of 10 Times a Day Last Year 

Around ten lawsuits were filed against the NYPD every day, according to a new analysis by I Quant NY of a city report that also says most suits were "primarily of allegations of police misconduct, civil rights violations, and injury and/or damage from accidents involving police vehicles." » 12/12/14 5:12pm 12/12/14 5:12pm

Obama’s Plan for Better Policing: The Good, the Bad, the Body Cameras

You may be shocked to hear that EFF doesn't think technology is a solution to every problem. That includes problems with the police and with public safety. And, as we've pointed out when it comes to drones and other types of local surveillance, we think adoption of new technology requires communities to understand and… » 12/09/14 3:53am 12/09/14 3:53am

How Police Bought a Drone in Secret Despite Public Disapproval

You may remember that last year in Oakland, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors held a packed public hearing where members of the community, joined by EFF and ACLU of Northern California, testified for over three hours about worries around Sheriff Greg Ahern's plan to obtain a drone. The consensus at the hearing… » 12/04/14 8:15am 12/04/14 8:15am

Networked Guns Are a Smarter Attempt to Keep Cops In Check

It seems insane that it's taken this long to get here, but at long last, people are finally using the myriad tech at our disposal to hold cops accountable for their actions. Most recently, its a simple, relatively tiny chip being put to one massively important job—telling headquarters every time a police officer fires… » 11/13/14 6:24pm 11/13/14 6:24pm

Ford Is Helping the LAPD Track Cop Cars In Real-Time

Pull up a chair, good citizen, because I've got a story about law enforcement and surveillance that you're actually going to like. The Los Angeles Police Department is now using a new telematics system in 50 of its Ford Police Interceptors. In other words, the watchmen are being watched—in real-time. » 11/06/14 1:38pm 11/06/14 1:38pm

Cops Can Make You Fingerprint-Unlock Your Phone, and That's Not Okay

A Virginia Circuit Court judge recently said that it was not okay for cops to force suspect's to unlock their phones with a passcode. (Thanks, the Constitution!) However, the judge also ruled that it was okay for cops to force suspects to unlock their phones with a fingerprint. Wait, what? » 11/03/14 11:08am 11/03/14 11:08am

How the Taser Was Invented

Early use of an electronic control device, like the TASER, by law enforcement occurred in the 1960s when American police officers used electric cattle prods to disperse Civil Rights activists. As for the earliest cattle prods, this came about when inventor John Burton of Wichita, Kansas received a patent (US427549 A)… » 10/07/14 8:00am 10/07/14 8:00am

FBI Director Says Apple Marketing Encryption Snubs the Law

Today in cops getting angry about the new encryption on smartphones features FBI Director James Comey who is "very concerned" about the matter. He's so concerned that the FBI's had conversations with Apple and Google about how they're marketing the devices. And Comey wants America to know that he's upset. » 9/25/14 6:30pm 9/25/14 6:30pm

The Cop That Blasted Apple's New Encryption Got His Facts Backwards

On Tuesday morning, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by Ronald T. Hosko, a former assistant director at the FBI, about how Apple's new encryption techniques would've lead to the death of a victim in a case he oversaw. Turns out he was totally wrong. The newspaper just issued a correction. » 9/23/14 8:40pm 9/23/14 8:40pm

LA Schools Are Giving Back Grenade Launchers (But Keeping the Tank)

Los Angeles School Police Department announced this week that it would be sending some controversial surplus military equipment back to the federal government. Specifically, the school police will send back three grenade launchers. In related news, LA school police had grenade launchers. » 9/17/14 1:55pm 9/17/14 1:55pm

Ferguson Police Will Finally Get the One Device They Really Need

In a statement today, Ferguson's police department announced that it is committed to buying vest cameras for its officers. When it finally happens, it'll be a great first step. And it'll happen even faster if we ditch the bloated, expensive wearable cam tech cops use today for something accessible to every U.S.… » 8/19/14 4:19pm 8/19/14 4:19pm