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Amazon's Vision Of The Future Involves Cops Commanding Tiny Drone 'Assistants'

According to Amazon, the cop of the future won’t just be a robot, it will be one that fits in the palm of your hand.

US Justice Department Claims It Can Enter A House And Demand Fingerprints To Unlock Everyone's Phones

Under the Fourth Amendment, Americans are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures, but according to one group of federal prosecutors, just being in the wrong house at the wrong time is cause enough to make every single person inside provide their fingerprints and unlock their phones.

Paris Police Want To Fly Drones Over Crowds To Make Everyone Safer

Drones flying over crowds are not normally a good mix — if there’s anywhere you don’t want four blades merrily spinning, it’s in the middle of a group of people. But nonetheless, Parisian police think they will be a useful tool for policing large gatherings.

The FBI's Secret Air Force Is Watching Us

This might come as a shock: The FBI has a secret air force of sorts that’s recently been buzzing over Baltimore. Or maybe it’s not a shock at all. The FBI’s been using aircraft for decades. These new planes, however, use surveillance equipment designed for warfare and capable of tracking innocent citizens. That’s bad.

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. They are claiming it makes it easier to stalk the police.

LAPD Orders Tasers That Activate Body Cameras When They're Used

Today the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it had purchased 3130 new tasers that activate a body camera when they’re being used. The camera is activated after the officer turns off the safety on the Taser. The “non-lethal” weapon communicates with the officer’s body camera via bluetooth.

US Authorities Use 18th Century Law To Force Apple To Unlock Encrypted Phones

The US Department of Justice is going to absurd lengths in order to unlock encrypted smartphones. It’s using a law from the 1700s to force Apple and at least one other company to cooperate with law enforcement officials in investigations dealing with locked, encrypted phones. And the courts, so far, are letting it happen.

DOJ Says iPhone Encryption Will Kill A Child, Which, C'mon

Here we go again. Just a few days after a former FBI agent argued that the new iOS 8 encryption would cause somebody to die, a US Department of Justice boss upped the ante. At a meeting on October 1, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told a room full of Apple executives that iPhone encryption would cause a child to die. A child!

Ford Helps 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.

US Authorities Think Hacking Silk Road With No Warrant Was Perfectly OK

Here’s some not-so-surprising news for you: US prosecutors apparently think it’s perfectly fine to hack into American citizens’ computers without first obtaining a warrant. After all, that’s how they caught Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht.

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