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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.

The Feds Already Have Your Face In A Database

Look to your left. Look to your right. Do you see two people? Congrats on being social today. One of those two people is probably included in the FBI’s massive facial recognition database. A new Georgetown report says there are 117 million Americans in the database. That’s about 50 per cent of the US population.

Twitter Suspends Tool Used By Police For Surveillance

Twitter just announced that it’s revoking a surveillance service’s access to Twitter data. In September, the Daily Dot reported that the Denver Police Department was paying $US30,000 ($39,435) to use a tool made by Geofeedia that aggregates information from tweets and other social media. Today, the American Civil Liberties Union has even more information on how the tool was being used, prompting Twitter’s action.

Should Police Use Robots To Kill?

Dallas police used a “bomb robot” to a kill the suspected gunman involved in the murder of five police officers and the wounding of seven others. The decision to kill the suspect using a robot armed with an explosive, was made after an hours-long standoff. Dallas police chief David Brown said, after negotiations “broke down,” the suspect and police officers exchanged gunfire.

Your Wireless Footprint Can Help Catch Thieves

With billions of wireless devices shipped across the globe every year, it is safe to assume that most of us carry at least one wireless gadget with us much of the time.

Totally Savage Driver Uses Smoke Screen And Throws Spikes At The Police During Car Chase

Video: Ripped straight from the wild scenes of a car chase in a spy movie that’s way too unrealistic, this most baddest of arses used a shield of smoke and threw spikes at the police car that was chasing him.

Australian Police Seized 3D Printers For Building Guns In A Melbourne Raid

In a raid this morning on a Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang member house in the west of Melbourne, police have seized 3D printers and other equipment allegedly used to manufacture firearms. Along with drugs and ammunition, the police raid on the group has found consumer-grade desktop 3D printers, which have the potential to be used to produce single-use firearms or to manufacture components to convert semi-automatic weapons to fully automatic.

Cops Wearing Body Cameras Are More Likely To Be Assaulted

A large-scale analysis of body-camera usage among police officers in the US and the UK has produced some rather unexpected and counter-intuitive results, showing that body-worn cameras have a tendency to increase assaults on police. At the same time, discretionary use of cameras increases an officer’s tendency to use force.

US Police Used Stingray In Hunt For $50 Chicken Wing Thief

Stingray is a controversial mobile phone tracking tool that sucks up information from all nearby mobile phone users. It’s often sold as a vital tool for finding serious criminals and terrorists, an argument that is weakened somewhat when it emerges that Annapolis police used it to try and find the perp in a $US50 ($67) chicken robbery.

Australian Emergency Calls From Mobiles Now Have Location Information

Of the 8.3 million calls made to Triple Zero (000) for fire, police or ambulance services in 2014 to 2015, 66.9 per cent — 5.6 million — were from mobile phones. Now calls to 000 from mobile phones will contain improved location information, following upgrades to the 000 service.

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