Law Enforcement

Algorithm analyzes escort ads to detect human trafficking

Researchers have developed an algorithm that identifies similarities in escort advertisements, which often indicates trafficking behavior.

What is Fog Reveal? A legal scholar explains the app some police forces are using to track people without a warrant

Law enforcement use of Fog Reveal puts a spotlight on that loophole between U.S. data privacy law and electronic surveillance law.

House bill limits police use of facial recognition

The legislation would place “strong limits” on the technology’s use, provide transparency to those harmed by it and ensure there are annual assessments of its accuracy.

DHS commits to better intel sharing with law enforcement, points to mobile app

Whether the department has increased information sharing with government partners is unclear, but—either way—the quality is just not there, according to DHS’ Office of the Inspector General.

Accurate U.S. crime data demands more state participation

FBI Director Christopher Wray discussed federal data reporting from state and local jurisdictions, and how advanced technologies stand to help.

Sales of citizen data worries lawmakers and experts alike

Expert witnesses expressed support for bills that close loopholes in existing laws, which currently allow government purchase of private data.

Amazon admits to giving police ring footage without owners’ permission

The smart-doorbell company, which has partnered with more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies, said in a letter that it shared multiple videos with police departments without first seeking user consent.

State and local leaders call for overhaul of nation’s 911 system

A group that includes mayors, police chiefs and state officials want to rethink who should respond to calls for help.

Navigable 3D site models would improve responder, law enforcement training

The intelligence community's research arm wants to use images collected at a range of altitudes to create seamless, photorealistic walk-throughs for law enforcement, military or aid workers familiarizing themselves with a location before their arrival.

Lawmaker questions community doorbell surveillance

Sen. Edward J. Markey wants more information on “invasive data collection and problematic engagement with police departments” of Amazon’s subsidiary, Ring.

Inconsistent data reporting thwarts crime analysis

Almost 40% of law enforcement agencies did not submit any data in 2021 to the FBI’s crime statistics collection program.

For mental crises, send a pro not the police?

Evidence from a pilot program in Denver suggests that providing mental health support for nonviolent emergencies can help reduce crime and save money.

Biden’s executive order on policing could help spur local reforms

The directive, which includes varied restrictions and alternatives, drew support from reform advocates as well as groups representing law enforcement officers and cities.

Proposed bill would let people know when law enforcement is surveilling them

The legislation would require law enforcement to disclose surveillance orders covering digital communications, such as e-mails and search histories, as well as more traditional calls and wiretaps. 

The Park Police’s ‘dilapidated’ D.C. dispatch office puts safety at risk, an IG says 

The center's old and defective technology does not have necessary safety features, lacks caller ID location features and is unable to allow instant playbacks of public safety phone and radio communications, which the Interior Department’s policy requires, the IG stated. 

New app tracks terrorism-linked events in local U.S. communities

It marks an enhancement of the information-sharing capabilities the National Counterterrorism Center offered before.

What to make of the Supreme Court's ruling on unauthorized system access

The high court's ruling last week decided a police officer did not violate a 1980s anti-hacking law, but the court ultimately left open questions about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act's applicability for other purposes such as cybersecurity research.