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DEA Using License-Plate Readers To Build Database Of Millions Of Drivers

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[ssba] Under the authority of the Justice Department, the DEA has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of millions of vehicles around the country, current and newly released government documents show. The now-not-so-secret domestic intelligence-gathering program scans license plates and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists in order to “seize cars, cash ...

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FBI Claims Warrants Not Needed To Deploy Data Interception Technology In Public Places

Stingray systems may look arcane but they have the ability to trick your cell phone into connecting to it in order to access your data

[ssba] The FBI says search warrants aren’t required to deploy interception technologies that trick electronic devices like smartphones into connecting to them for the purposes of obtaining data. In response, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and staffer Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson, maintaining they were ...

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Post Office Storing Copies Of Everyone’s Mail In National Database For Law Enforcement

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[ssba] The United States Postal Service has been compiling a database of every Americans’ mail records into a dragnet being made available to law enforcement agencies on command. Information buried in the United States Postal Service’s annual audit, gleamed by SFGate, reveal that the USPS’ ‘mail covers‘ surveillance program has grown exponentially over the past two years Under the program, ...

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ACLU Lawsuit Yields Internal NSA Documents: Decade Of “Unlawful, Unauthorized Surveillance” Revealed

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[ssba] The National Security Agency violated US law for over a decade with the unauthorized surveillance of domestic citizens’ overseas communications, according to highly redacted reports obtained by the ACLU in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. According to documents posted on the NSA website Wednesday, the examples of violations include sending data on Americans to unauthorized recipients, storing such data ...

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UK Police Accidentally Sent Documents Admitting To Spying On Journalists To Newspaper, Asked Not To Publish

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[ssba] UK police in Cleveland accidentally sent documents revealing that it has used controversial anti-terror laws to spy on journalists who had not committed any crimes to an area newspaper. The Cleveland Police “erroneously” sent information to industry paper the Press Gazette indicating that it had used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to obtain telecommunications data while searching ...

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The Most Important Wiretapping Act You Never Heard Of And How The FBI Wants To Change It

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[ssba] Its not conjecture. Its not a ‘conspiracy theory.’ But even with recent revelations from the likes of Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, the American public hasn’t quite yet grasped the reality of the grand Stasi surveillance state we find ourselves in. If you are one such American, please consider the The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), passed ...

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Cop Caught Taping Women At Tanning Salon

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[ssba] An Arizona police officer with the Goodyear Police Department was arrested for secretly recording more than 20 women while they changed at a tanning salon, Avondale police say. Jeffrey Streeter, a nine-year veteran was charged with 21 counts of surreptitious recording and one count of tampering with physical evidence. A 20-year-old female customer at Desert Escape Tanning Center noticed a ...

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Local Reporters Nail Down Police Department on Stingray Cell Phone Tracking

Stingray systems may look arcane but they have the ability to trick your cell phone into connecting to it in order to access your data

[ssba] A local Georgia news station has confirmed its County Police department is operating more than one ‘Stingray’ device. A USA Today investigation published late last year first revealed that at least 25 police departments across the country own and operate whats been dubbed a “Stingray.” Stingrays are portable devices that mimic a cell tower and trick nearby cell phones ...

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Britain Law Enforcement Tests Minority-Report-Style Crime Prediction Software

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[ssba] Minority-Report-style predictive policing is becoming a reality in the developed world. London’s Metropolitan Police department is testing a new software program geared toward assessing the likelihood of future crimes committed by gang members. The software merges data from various crime reports with criminal intelligence systems and applies predictive analytic information to generate risk scores, reports the Associated Press. “Our ...

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