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      Hate Crime Act will lessen public trust in the force, says Scottish police chief / TheGuardian · Monday, 1 April - 09:38

    Concerns grow over how new legislation will be policed and how it might affect freedom of speech

    Enforcing Scotland’s new Hate Crime Act will “certainly” reduce public trust in the police, according to the general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation.

    David Kennedy told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the law, which came into force on Monday and requires officers to assess “emotive” subjects such as online misgendering, “will cause havoc with trust in police in Scotland, it certainly will reduce that”,

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      Can a Garrick member chair an inquiry into police sexism fairly? I have my doubts | Alison / TheGuardian · Thursday, 28 March - 16:00 · 1 minute

    Sir John Mitting will rule on whether undercover officers broke the law by deceiving women like me. Yet he’s a member of a male-only club

    Those of us involved in the so-called spy cops scandal have followed with interest the recent media coverage of the men-only Garrick Club and its membership list of high-profile individuals. It is not news to us that senior judges and powerful men in the security services have been members. Included among the elite was the chair of the public inquiry into undercover policing, John Mitting. Since his appointment as inquiry chair in 2017 we have been calling this out, as we believe it is an obvious conflict of interest – yet our concerns have predictably been ignored.

    The inquiry had been established two years earlier by the then prime minister, Theresa May, as a direct result of investigations by women like me into the disappearances of our ex-partners , and the subsequent revelations of their true identities as Metropolitan police undercover officers. The abuse of women, and institutional sexism in the police, are fundamental to understanding the significance of this inquiry.

    Alison is one of eight women who first took legal action against the Metropolitan police over the conduct of undercover officers and a founder member of Police Spies Out of Lives . A core participant in the public inquiry into undercover policing, she is one of the authors of Deep Deception – The Story of the Spycop Network by the Women who Uncovered the Shocking Truth

    Do you have an opinion on the issues raised in this article? If you would like to submit a response of up to 300 words by email to be considered for publication in our letters section, please click here .

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      Rayner denies wrongdoing over council house sale amid police review / TheGuardian · Thursday, 28 March - 09:53

    Labour deputy leader tells BBC she can provide tax advice given at time following Tory complaint to Manchester force

    Angela Rayner has insisted she did “absolutely nothing wrong” when she sold her council house after the police announced they were reviewing a decision not to investigate .

    The deputy Labour leader told the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme she was confident she had not broken any rules.

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      « On a voulu ruiner la réputation des hackers de Lockbit », rencontre avec le directeur opération d’Europol / Numerama · Wednesday, 27 March - 09:42

    Europol, l'agence européenne de police criminelle, a intensifié sa lutte contre les cybercriminels avec plusieurs opérations majeures depuis un an. Une manière de casser le mythe du « hacker inatteignable » pour le Général Lecouffe.

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      Surveillance through Push Notifications / Schneier · Monday, 4 March - 22:38 · 1 minute

    The Washington Post is reporting on the FBI’s increasing use of push notification data—”push tokens”—to identify people. The police can request this data from companies like Apple and Google without a warrant.

    The investigative technique goes back years. Court orders that were issued in 2019 to Apple and Google demanded that the companies hand over information on accounts identified by push tokens linked to alleged supporters of the Islamic State terrorist group.

    But the practice was not widely understood until December, when Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, said an investigation had revealed that the Justice Department had prohibited Apple and Google from discussing the technique.


    Unlike normal app notifications, push alerts, as their name suggests, have the power to jolt a phone awake—a feature that makes them useful for the urgent pings of everyday use. Many apps offer push-alert functionality because it gives users a fast, battery-saving way to stay updated, and few users think twice before turning them on.

    But to send that notification, Apple and Google require the apps to first create a token that tells the company how to find a user’s device. Those tokens are then saved on Apple’s and Google’s servers, out of the users’ reach.

    The article discusses their use by the FBI, primarily in child sexual abuse cases. But we all know how the story goes:

    “This is how any new surveillance method starts out: The government says we’re only going to use this in the most extreme cases, to stop terrorists and child predators, and everyone can get behind that,” said Cooper Quintin, a technologist at the advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation.

    “But these things always end up rolling downhill. Maybe a state attorney general one day decides, hey, maybe I can use this to catch people having an abortion,” Quintin added. “Even if you trust the U.S. right now to use this, you might not trust a new administration to use it in a way you deem ethical.”

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      Innocent pregnant woman jailed amid faulty facial recognition trend / ArsTechnica · Monday, 7 August, 2023 - 18:39

    Innocent pregnant woman jailed amid faulty facial recognition trend

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    Use of facial recognition software led Detroit police to falsely arrest 32-year-old Porcha Woodruff for robbery and carjacking, reports The New York Times. Eight months pregnant, she was detained for 11 hours, questioned, and had her iPhone seized for evidence before being released. It's the latest in a string of false arrests due to use of facial-recognition technology, which many critics say is not reliable.

    The mistake seems particularly notable because the surveillance footage used to falsely identify Woodruff did not show a pregnant woman, and Woodruff was very visibly pregnant at the time of her arrest.

    The incident began with an automated facial recognition search by the Detroit Police Department. A man who was robbed reported the crime, and police used DataWorks Plus to run surveillance video footage against a database of criminal mug shots. Woodruff's 2015 mug shot from a previous unrelated arrest was identified as a match. After that, the victim wrongly confirmed her identification from a photo lineup, leading to her arrest.

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      Drame après une course-poursuite avec la police: «Moi aussi, j’aurais pris la fuite, j’ai trop peur» / Mediapart · Sunday, 7 May, 2023 - 18:40

    Des centaines de personnes ont exprimé, dimanche à Paris, leur soutien aux trois jeunes victimes d’un grave accident de scooter, dans lequel la police est mise en cause. Des témoins ont fait changer les policiers de version des faits. Un collectif s’organise pour accompagner les familles.
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      Pourquoi la police verbalise peu le harcèlement de rue et les «outrages sexistes» / Mediapart · Sunday, 7 May, 2023 - 15:21

    Dans un rapport d’avril 2021, rendu public seulement le mois dernier, l’Inspection générale de la police nationale regrettait que les agents chargés de constater les outrages sexistes soient insuffisamment formés et guidés, par leur hiérarchie comme par les parquets.
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      Discipline en école de police: des dysfonctionnements pointés par l’IGPN / Mediapart · Sunday, 7 May, 2023 - 15:21

    Après «plusieurs incidents» survenus en 2020, le directeur général de la police nationale avait commandé deux audits sur l’application des règles disciplinaires dans les écoles de police françaises. Les conclusions de l’IGPN, sévères, n’ont été rendues publiques que deux ans plus tard.
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