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He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back | WIRED
Then, around the time May first met with her, Moulton received a truly useful piece of information. Moulton had learned that Seth was able to text from four or five different numbers by using services like Textfree, a voice-over-internet-protocol service that allows users to text without subscribing to a cell phone plan. Moulton sent out subpoenas, and the developer of Textfree sent back information that included the Apple universal identifier for Seth’s phone. With that she could subpoena Apple for the phone’s registration and billing information. The results were confusing but included the name Ryan Vallee. He was a 19-year-old graduate of Belmont High, class of 2012.
lawenforcement  detectivework  cyberstalking 
june 2019 by kme
The Horror of a 'Secure Golden Key'
So hackers have (1) stolen everyone's credit cards, and (2) stolen celebrities' personal pictures. Up next: your personal pics, videos, docs, messages, medical data, and diary. With the Washington Post's proposal, it will all be leaked, a kind of secure golden shower.

When you host your data and your keys "in the cloud", your data is only as strong as the weakest programmer who has access.

Threat #4. It Protects You From the future

This is the greatest threat of all.

Our cloud data is stored for eternity, not the moment. Legislation and company policy cannot guarantee backups are destroyed. Our government may change, and what qualifies as a "lawful" warrant tomorrow might be illegal today. Similarly, your eternal data might be legal today and a threat tomorrow.


Except, as I learned in trivia the other day, "ex post facto" legal proceedings are forbidden by (Article 1) of the Constitution--in *criminal* matters. Some ex post facto laws (like ones related to violent offenders and sexual predators) do get passed, though, so...
crypto  privacy  security  backdoors  masterkey  politics  government  lawenforcement 
june 2019 by kme
Rudy Giuliani’s most despicable comment - The Washington Post | https://www.washingtonpost.com/
We warned then that the danger in such comments is that they become normalized. The notion that American law enforcement operating within a constitutional system is in anyway comparable to Nazis is deeply offensive and wrong. It smears admirable men and women who put their lives on the line, and trivializes the Holocaust.
lawenforcement 
may 2018 by kme
Can Training Help People Un-learn a Lifetime of Racial Bias? - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
The fact that those officers didn’t blow my head off wasn’t luck. It was implicit bias in action—one of the lightning-fast automatic cognitive processes that shape much of human decision-making. The instant the officers saw me, a white female, they made the split-second decision that I was no threat.

In this case, they were right, but too often it plays the other way: An officer’s implicit bias categorizes an innocent black man as dangerous, simply because of who he is, and the man is shot or killed. If I had been a black man and did the same dumb, innocent thing—opened my door in the face of a cop who thought he was in a dangerous situation—it might have been the end of me.

In 2010, social psychologists set up a contest, asking colleagues to submit their best ideas for de-biasing. The team of 22 researchers tested the 17 best methods, such as boosting attitudes toward African Americans, encouraging negative impressions of whites, fostering identification with African Americans, instructing participants to think about the world from a different perspective, or strengthening egalitarian feelings.

In Moskowitz’s view, de-biasing programs should only be created by experts in psychology; several academics have created such programs, including researchers affiliated with Project Implicit, but these academic-run programs can’t begin to address the demand. Furthermore, any project to teach unbiasing techniques should collect data, Moskowitz says. “If you’re not doing that, you’re just taking a swing, and you have no sense if it’s working or not,” he says. “The stage we’re at is translating nuanced lab work into field settings, and it requires some expertise. But some people see it as a money grab.”

Along these lines, some companies have adopted blind reviewing, taking the names off of job applicants’ resumes. Others use structured interviews with a consistent set of questions, to make the hiring process more data-driven and less prone to subjective impressions. Cook Ross includes recommendations for these structural tweaks to help companies perform performance reviews and interviews more equitably. Police departments can introduce rule-based criteria to guide traffic stops or arrests that might reduce the impact of bias.
bias  racism  lawenforcement  sexism  psychology 
november 2016 by kme
Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. When Will the Killings Stop? - The Atlantic
The right to kill in self-defense is in keeping with the generally expansive and bloody American doctrine of self-defense. But officers are not ordinary Americans. They likely carry with them the same sense of intimidation and mistrust of people of color that many people across the country carry, but are simultaneously trained to aggressively interact with them on a daily basis. That fear and hypervigilance may be supplemented by what appears to be common racism. Officers are also allowed a far more generous interpretation of self-defense in disciplinary and court proceedings. In practice, simply claiming that they feared for their lives often proves sufficient grounds to secure acquittal. In essence, police officers are given lethal weapons, taught and authorized to use them rather liberally, and then deployed in a manner as to create situations to use those weapons.

There is little public will to do so, however. As Moore put it, the agents of the criminal-justice system “get our power, really, from the people, not just a piece of paper.” Those comments laid bare exactly why incidents of police brutality—even killings—seem like routine elements of American life. It’s because they are. They are not aberrations, but the predictable and inevitable consequence of common encounters enabled by policy and sustained by the will of society. If there actually is any resolve to keep history from repeating itself and to end the parade of death, Americans will have to challenge the state’s authorization of violence beyond individual police acts, and investigate the purposes of policing that drive its use. Until then, people will continue to die.
race  guns  lawenforcement  america  policeviolence 
july 2016 by kme
The Problems With DNA Evidence and Testing - The Atlantic
In 2012, shortly after Legal Aid filed its challenge to the FST, two developers in the Netherlands, Hinda Haned and Jeroen de Jong, released LRmix Studio, free and open-source DNA-profiling software—the code is publicly available for other users to explore and improve.

I wondered whether Batie blamed DNA. She laughed. “Oh, no, honey,” she said. “DNA is science. You can’t blame DNA. You can only blame the people who used it wrong.”
dna  lawenforcement  genetics  dnaprofiling  lowcopynumberanalysis  wrongfulimprisonment 
may 2016 by kme
We now know who owns the government surveillance SUV disguised as a Google Maps car - The Washington Post
The Philadelphia Police Department, which operates separately from the Pennsylvania State Police, has been using license plate reading technology since 2011. These powerful cameras allow law enforcement to track the whereabouts of any Philadelphia resident without a warrant. This data can be stored up to one year for any citizen and indefinitely for anyone who may be linked to a criminal investigation. The license plate storage program is managed by a separate police task force, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force, whose mission appears to include reducing terrorist threats.
surveillance  pa  alpr  lawenforcement 
may 2016 by kme
Virginia Man Sues Police Over License Plate Database | WIRED
The pronouncement came in part after it was discovered that Virginia State Police had used license plate readers in 2008 to collect information about people who had attended rallies for Sarah Palin and Barack Obama during the presidential election that year.
privacy  panopticon  lawenforcement 
may 2015 by kme
License-plate readers let police collect millions of records on drivers | The Center for Investigative Reporting
That photograph, Katz-Lacabe said, made him “frightened and concerned about the magnitude of police surveillance and data collection.” The single patrol car in San Leandro equipped with a plate reader had logged his car once a week on average, photographing his license plate and documenting the time and location.

At a rapid pace, and mostly hidden from the public, police agencies throughout California have been collecting millions of records on drivers and feeding them to intelligence fusion centers operated by local, state and federal law enforcement.
privacy  lawenforcement 
may 2015 by kme

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