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The FBI Tried to Plant a Backdoor in an Encrypted Phone Network

“The FBI tried to force the owner of an encrypted phone company to put a backdoor in his devices, Motherboard has learned” reports vice.com. Ramos’ arrest revealed that someone tried to sell sensitive law enforcement information to the company, Global News reported this week.The news signals some of the tactics law enforcement may use as criminals continue to leverage encrypted communications for their own ends.The encryption itself used in end-to-end encryption is typically too robust to crack, so law enforcement agencies have to find a work around. Source: vice.com

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Facebook, police team up to train AI to spot livestreamed shootings

“The Met police said US law enforcement would also be providing shooting footage to Facebook, but it didn’t specify which agency” writes Jon Wong for cnet.com. Now it’s hoping police-provided footage of shooting will help it train artificial intelligence to detect gun violence in videos.In the Metropolitan Police statement, Facebook’s UK law enforcement outreach lead, Stephanie McCourt, said the company is committed to improving its detection algorithms.These clips will be used to help Facebook develop an algorithm that can detect livestreams posted by shooters, the UK’s Metropolitan Police said in…

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Kalamazoo schools will develop protocols to ‘protect our kids’ amid law enforcement probes

“KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education committed to develop protocols for dealing with law enforcement probes involving students and their families in a resolution passed Thursday” writes Mlive Com for mlive.com. It acknowledges the legal right to education for all students, regardless of their citizenship status or national origin, and instructs the administration to create protocols on how to address inquiries by federal, state and local law enforcement.The resolution also spells out existing legal requirements, like federal laws that prohibit the district from sharing confidential information…

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FTC ramping up its Big Tech antitrust investigations

“The FTC declined to comment on the Bloomberg report, and Amazon didn’t respond to a request for comment. investigations of the tech industry” writes Brian Fung for cnn.com. “There is a tremendous amount of political and social pressure at this point for each of these agencies not to be left behind,” he said, “because all the peer agencies inside and outside the US seem to be barreling along into Big Tech investigations.”.  Source: cnn.com

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Man who climbed N.J. city hall under evaluation after authorities negotiated him down

“The Lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals” writes Snietomunoz Njadvancemedia Com for nj.com. A crowd of dozens gathered on the streets adjacent to North Wood Avenue watching law enforcement deescalate the situation, audibly gasping each time the man neared the edge.Over the next three hours, the six investigators trained in hostage negotiation and crisis intervention techniques and tactics engaged in talks with the man, authorities said. Source: nj.com

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NASAA warns fraudsters continue their attempts to capitalize on interest in cryptocurrencies

“The Association says that bad actors continue their attempts to capitalize on widespread interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology” reports financefeeds.com. NASAA reported that state securities regulators conducted 5,320 investigations in 2018 and took 2,067 enforcement actions overall. Task force members have opened more than 330 inquiries and investigations and brought more than 85 enforcement actions relating to ICOs and cryptocurrencies.Within the licensed securities industry, NASAA’s U.S. members reported a five-year high in the proportion of enforcement actions involving investment adviser investment adviser firms. Source: financefeeds.com

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California could expand use of gun violence restraining orders under bill sent to governor

“Lawmakers also gave final legislative approval Monday to a bill that prohibits people subject to restraining orders in other states from keeping guns in California” writes Patrick Mcgreevy Covers for latimes.com. Lawmakers are also considering Assembly Bill 12, which would extend gun violence restraining orders from a year to five years while allowing gun owners to annually petition the court for return of their firearms.The original law allowing restraining orders was enacted in 2016 following an Isla Vista mass shooting involving a man whose family members had earlier contacted authorities…

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Sheriff’s office protects all communities regardless of immigration status, letter states

“Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad was the only other Michigan law enforcement official who signed the letter” writes Nathan Clark for mlive.com. When you feel safe and comfortable reaching out to us, we can keep everyone safer.” The letter highlights that although police will cooperate with federal law enforcement when safety is at stake, immigration enforcement is a federal matter and not the responsibility or concern of local law enforcement. Source: mlive.com

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American mass shooters exploit background check errors, poor enforcement, private purchases; most get guns legally

“Although that arrest should have prevented him from purchasing the pistol he used in the attack, the FBI examiner reviewing the sale never saw the arrest report because the wrong agency was listed in state criminal history records” writes Lisa Marie Pane for sun-sentinel.com. After being told she had the wrong agency to review the arrest record and being directed to a different police department, she didn’t follow through. Source: sun-sentinel.com

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Pew study of 4,272 US adults: 86% have heard about facial recognition tech, 56% trust law enforcement to use it responsibly compared to 36% for tech companies

“A 56% majority of U.S. adults trust law enforcement agencies at least somewhat to use facial recognition technologies responsibly, with 17% indicating that they trust these agencies a great deal to use facial recognition” writes Aaron Smith for pewinternet.org. By contrast, around one-third of U.S. adults trust technology companies to use facial recognition technology responsibly, and just 18% trust advertisers with these technologies.A larger share of blacks (34%) than whites do not trust law enforcement to use these technologies responsibly.Notably smaller shares of the public say they trust technology companies…

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