Law Enforcement

State Department Is Buying Phone Hacking Tools for Ghanaian Police

The department issued a solicitation for specific hacking tools, which it plans to give to partners in Ghana to stem international crime.

Who’s Tracking Your License Plate?

Automated license plate readers are collecting and sharing tons of data across state lines, according to records from nearly 200 police departments nationwide.

Lawmakers Want Better Answers from Amazon About Facial Matching Program

As law enforcement agencies experiment with the tech, lawmakers push for details about accuracy and privacy.

FBI Issues Timeline for $5 Billion IT Contract Solicitation

The bureau’s ITSSS contract has gone through a lot of changes recently but officials expect to have the draft and final RFPs out early next year.

FBI’s Counterterrorism Investigations Now Run on Amazon

The FBI is the latest intelligence agency to partner with Amazon Web Services.

How Baltimore and Tulsa Are Using Data to Foster Community

“The great thing people need to understand about data—and this was the incorrect understanding I had at first—is it is not about efficiency,” said Tulsa’s mayor.

The DEA And ICE Are Hiding Surveillance Cameras In Streetlights

It’s unclear where the streetlight cameras have been installed, or where the next deployments will take place.

A Rare Issue Is Causing Police Body Cameras to Explode

The nation’s largest police force is changing its body-camera policy after a malfunctioning camera started a fire.

Police Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Spot Written Lies

Grammar can give away whether you're telling the truth or not.

IARPA Wants to Identify Criminals From Their Skin Cells

The goal isn’t to replace DNA analysis but rather add another technology to forensic analysts’ toolbox.

The Newest Password Technology Is Making Your Phone Easier for Police to Search

For the first time, police have compelled a suspect to unlock his phone using Face ID. The case reveals an interesting inversion: More advanced password technology is less protected from police seizure.

Schools Are Spending Big On Surveillance Technology. Is It Worth It?

After Parkland, schools are installing gunshot-detection systems typically used in cities like Oakland and Chicago. But the concrete benefits of the technology are dubious.