Yup, Police Can Search License Plate Scans to Find Your Favorite Bar

The license plate reader (LPR) cameras installed in most cities allow police to track cars and their drivers who are potentially engaged in criminal activities. But depending on the way police store the data, as Ars Technica found out, anyone might be able to access this information. » 3/24/15 1:55pm 3/24/15 1:55pm

Seattle Police Put Redacted Body Cam Footage on YouTube 

In a bid to be more transparent, the Seattle Police Department is posting footage from the body cameras and dashboard cameras of on-duty cops on YouTube. But, the footage has been carefully censored to blur out faces and remove any sound. » 3/03/15 10:40am 3/03/15 10:40am

It's Completely Absurd That the Police Still Use Typewriters

Today, New York Councilman Daniel Dromm will reportedly introduce legislation that will force the NYPD to stop using typewriters. That's right, the NYPD still has typewriters in all 77 precincts. » 2/26/15 2:30pm 2/26/15 2:30pm

It Took Police Three Years to Fully Shut Down a Money-Stealing Botnet

Back in 2012 the Ramnit worm wriggled its way through social networks and onto the computers of over three million computers, and began to steal sensitive information like bank account details. Now, almost three years later, police have announced that the botnet behind the scourge has been fully shut down. » 2/26/15 6:00am 2/26/15 6:00am

The Time a Cop Pretended His Arm Was a Vagina to Bust a Cyber-Perv

Sometimes the long arm of the law clutches you with nothing more than brute force and brawn. And sometimes that arm folds back onto itself, posing as an underage girl's vagina, in order to trap and incriminate an internet predator. » 2/23/15 11:30am 2/23/15 11:30am

Kinect Is Teaching Cops Some Sweet Beatdown Moves

So Microsoft's Kinect was a video gaming bust. Whatever. It's still got its uses. Like...helping police work on their "use of force options" against suspects. You know, whether to shout or shoot at a guy. » 2/15/15 8:00pm 2/15/15 8:00pm

Police Are Trying to Undermine Waze With a Deluge of Phony Cop Sightings

Cops are fighting Waze over a feature that lets users pinpoint where they've seen officers on a map, thus using the crowdsourced traffic app to avoid getting in trouble with the law. Now police in Miami are subverting the app by filling it with loads of bogus police sightings. » 2/12/15 10:00am 2/12/15 10:00am

The Cops Don't Care About Violent Online Threats. What Do We Do Now?

I. "Hey Anna, do you like pizza?" I was just sitting down to dinner one evening this past November when I looked through some new Twitter notifications on my phone. My night, I realized regretfully, was about to get very, very stupid. » 1/29/15 3:10pm 1/29/15 3:10pm

Some Police Think Google's Waze App Helps Would-Be Cop Killers

Waze's community-curated real-time traffic network includes keeping tabs on nearby five-o. And cops aren't very happy about it, claiming it makes it easier to stalk the police. » 1/26/15 12:45pm 1/26/15 12:45pm

Forget Beanbags, Shotguns Could Soon Be Firing Shock Wave Slugs

The next time riot police open fire during your Constitutionally-protected demonstration, it might not be with tear gas canisters. It could be with shotgun-launched stun and pepper rounds. Enjoy your concussion and face full of capsaicin, citizen, and be glad they're not murder bullets. » 1/14/15 6:05pm 1/14/15 6:05pm

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 12/21/14 10:00am

Changed PS4 Settings Are Not A Good Reason To Call The Police

A resident of Alexandria, Minnesota contacted the police earlier this month to report that someone entered his house and changed the settings on his PlayStation 4. Of course they did. » 12/17/14 11:30am 12/17/14 11:30am

LAPD Will Get 800 Taser Body Cameras, Outfitting Whole Force Proposed

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced that LAPD officers will officially begin wearing on-body cameras that will record their interactions with civilians. » 12/16/14 5:40pm 12/16/14 5:40pm

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 4:44pm 12/12/14 4:44pm

Researchers Will Be Allowed to Study Police Body Camera Footage

Earlier this week, President Obama proposed $263 million to improve law enforcement, including $75 million for a Body Worn Cameras Partnership. Now, it's been announced that university researchers will be provided access to body camera footage to study police confrontations. » 12/12/14 7:30am 12/12/14 7:30am

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

Obama Calls For $75 Million In Funding for 50,000 Police Body Cameras

Today President Obama proposed $263 million in funding for law enforcement to help avoid another disaster like the ongoing mess in Ferguson, Missouri. » 12/01/14 1:51pm 12/01/14 1:51pm

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