Posts tagged surveillance
Bonus: ALPR Revisited

Using ubiquitous traffic cameras that can read license plate numbers, cities are building automated surveillance networks that indiscriminately scoop up data on the movements of individual vehicles. When an Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) system sees a plate that matches one in a police database, officers are dispatched -- sometimes with guns drawn. These systems have shockingly high error rates. What could possibly go wrong?

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#100 How High-Tech Policing Fails

When policing has a major crisis – the 1980s crime wave, or the killings of unarmed black men by police in 2014 and 2015 – we often grab for a high-tech fix. But technology seldom becomes the silver bullet we hope for. Our guest has put this trend under the microscope. We talk with veteran investigative journalist Matt Stroud about his new book, Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing, published in April of 2019.

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#90 Surveillance Cameras: Crime Fighting Machines?


Surveillance cameras are everywhere in American cities and
towns. They’re touted as crime fighting tools, but do they
really work? Are they worth the cost – in money, and in
privacy? Dr. Nancy LaVigne, vice president for justice
policy, of the non-partisan Urban Institute is the lead author
of the largest study of the effectiveness of surveillance
cameras.

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#48: Police Can Tap Your Cell Phone, And They Don’t Need Anyone’s Permission

Stingray cell phone simulators can capture personal data from your phone calls – who you’re talking to, your phone number and the contents of the call.

You won’t know it’s happening, and the Cato Institute’s Adam Bates says the FBI requires they stay a secret, "not just to the public, but also to courts, to legislators, even to defense attorneys. So there's so much that we still don't know about what police are doing with this technology.”

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