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Cute videos, but little evidence: police say Amazon Ring isn't much of a crime fighter • NBC News
Cyrus Farivar:
<p>Ring promises to “make neighbourhoods safer” by deterring and helping to solve crimes, citing its own research that says an installation of its doorbell cameras reduces burglaries by more than 50 percent. But an NBC News Investigation has found — after interviews with 40 law enforcement agencies in eight states that have partnered with Ring for at least three months — that there is little concrete evidence to support the claim.

Three agencies said the ease with which the public can share Ring videos means officers spend time reviewing clips of non-criminal issues such as racoons and petty disagreements between neighbors. Others noted that the flood of footage generated by Ring cameras rarely led to positive identifications of suspects, let alone arrests.

Thirteen of the 40 jurisdictions reached, including Winter Park, said they had made zero arrests as a result of Ring footage. Thirteen were able to confirm arrests made after reviewing Ring footage, while two offered estimates. The rest, including large cities like Phoenix, Miami, and Kansas City, Missouri, said that they don’t know how many arrests had been made as a result of their relationship with Ring — and therefore could not evaluate its effectiveness — even though they had been working with the company for well over a year.

Ring’s rise also comes at a time when reports of property crimes, including package theft and burglaries, are already in steep decline across the United States.</p>

A year feels like too short a time to be certain, but you'd hope they'd have an inkling by now.
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7 hours ago by charlesarthur
RT : People working on and : UCSC admins are using Canvas to identify graduate students on…
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20 hours ago by DocDre
Data Brokers are Cruising for a Bruising | WIRED
We blame hackers for breaches, but shadowy brokers are often just as culpable, and they need to be held accountable.
data  bigdata  surveillance  security  databrokers  AlgoReport 
yesterday by barbarafister
Making Smart Decisions About Surveillance: A Guide for Community Transparency, Accountability & Oversight | ACLU of Northern CA
Surveillance is on the rise in our communities, but basic transparency, oversight, and accountability remain the exception, not the rule ... This guide provides a step-by-step framework to approach surveillance proposals, properly evaluate their true costs, and develop policies that provide transparency, oversight, and accountability. [ACLU NorCal, 2016]
surveillance  solutions  AlgoReport 
yesterday by barbarafister
Cute videos, but little evidence: Police say Amazon Ring isn't much of a crime fighter
In general, Ring’s partnerships with local departments have not been in place long enough to draw firm conclusions about its effects on crime prevention. But anecdotally, even the departments who have used it the longest don’t have much tangible evidence of deterrence of thefts or apprehension of suspects
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yesterday by wiobyrne
[Report] | Life as a Terrorist, by William T. Vollmann | Harper's Magazine
As this story goes to press, Americans continue to shake their heads over new revelations of widespread data mining and near-universal phone tapping, while Unamericans righteously defend these tactics and call for the punishment of the leakers who revealed them. Were I to be shown in accurate detail why it was necessary for me to be kept under surveillance, possibly for the rest of my life, I might be able to accept these invasions of my privacy for the collective good. The ostensible purpose of this surveillance is to protect us, and our freedoms, from terrorists. What remains uncertain, since secret, is how terrifying the terrorists presently are, and to what extent rights and liberties may be undermined in order to save us from them. I cannot say how many intelligence operatives might be hampered or endangered by greater oversight; on the other hand, if the Unamericans continue to have their way we will never know how many innocent people they have imprisoned, tortured, and perhaps murdered. I would be abdicating my responsibility as a citizen were I to rely on the Unamericans to decide such questions.
politics  surveillance  from instapaper
2 days ago by ayjay
"Absolute persistence" rootkit installed on the vast majority of laptops
Preinstalled in the BIOS, infects Windows, persists wipes, and the vast majority of users are completely ignorant of this.
surveillance  rootkit  Windows  laptop 
2 days ago by dandv
2014 Bloomberg Hoped the NSA Was “Reading Every Email”
“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Bloomberg said. “But we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”
data-dealer  privacy  surveillance 
2 days ago by jchris
U.S. accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets, assisting Iran
"U.S. prosecutors on Thursday accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and helping Iran track protesters in its latest indictment against the Chinese company, escalating the U.S. battle with the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker. In the indictment, which supersedes one unsealed last year in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Huawei Technologies Co was charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from six U.S. technology companies and to violate a racketeering law typically used to combat organized crime.

It also contains new allegations about the company’s involvement in countries subject to sanctions. Among other accusations, it says Huawei installed surveillance equipment in Iran that was used to monitor, identify, and detain protesters during the 2009 anti-government demonstrations in Tehran." - Karen Freifeld, Reuters

You can read the full indictment here (pdf)

+ "...All three men said that simply by carrying a phone, they felt that they were still in the grip of the Chinese state — that the government was always watching them, able to listen in, demand that they become informers or threaten their loved ones." via Coda Story, How China spies on Uyghurs in Turkey
otf  china  huawei  iran  surveillance  export  uyghur 
3 days ago by dmcdev
Russia's security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell
"Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has ordered some of the country's major internet companies to give it continuous access to their systems, The Bell investigative website reported late on Tuesday, citing three sources at the firms. It said the measure would affect a string of Russian internet services that have been added to a list of entities obliged to hand over user data and messages to Russian law enforcement agencies on request. The list, drawn up by Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, contains more than 200 entities such as popular messenger service Telegram, some Yandex services, social network VK and classified advertisement website

"Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the report. The Bell said the orders, which the companies received last year, demanded they install equipment allowing FSB employees to have continuous access to their information systems and the keys to decode users' communications. Companies that fail to comply can be blocked." - Reuters
otf  russia  fsb  access  surveillance  Roskomnadzor  vk  privacy  data 
3 days ago by dmcdev
The internet has no room for tyrants
"Today, enemies of a free internet invest more than ever in censorship and surveillance technology," writes Open Technology Fund (OTF) CEO Libby Liu in an op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times ahead of next week's St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs. "To date, China and Russia have provided state-of-the-art technology to more than 108 countries, including advanced surveillance technologies and training on 'online information management.' Online censorship and surveillance have become global problems."

In response, "[f]ighting this threat requires a focused and fresh approach -- one that is user-focused and powered by a multidisciplinary mission-driven community," Liu says. "...This year, having proven we can successfully fight back, OTF has emerged as a new independent corporation to enable the US Agency for Global Media -- the agency that oversees RFA, Voice of America and RFERL, Alhurra and Radio/TV Marti -- to expand its internet freedom work and maximize its impact. With 90 percent of USAGM media networks’ audiences relying on the internet for news and information, they need the tools to access objective news safe from censorship and surveillance, as do our journalists, stringers, and sources, who are constantly exposed to threat.

"Tyrants and their enablers have made it clear that they will do and spend whatever it takes to distort the internet in their own image of control, power, profit and repression. The United States and its allies must act together to protect the internet as a democratic space for free expression and human dignity. The new Open Technology Fund is just one way to defend the world-wide web and empower people everywhere to join the fight."

Read the full op-ed here.
otf  usagm  netfreedom  censorship  surveillance  access  awareness 
3 days ago by dmcdev

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