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San Francisco bans police use of face recognition technology

May. 14, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments, becoming the first U.S. city to outlaw a rapidly developing technology that has alarmed privacy and civil liberties advocates. The ban is part of broader...

The Latest: San Francisco bans facial recognition technology

May. 14, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a facial recognition ban in San Francisco (all times local): 3:10 p.m. San Francisco supervisors approved a ban on police using facial recognition technology, making it the first city in the U.S. with such a restriction. The ban is part of broader oversight legislation...

Public safety, civil rights groups battle over face ID tech

May. 13, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that's creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras....

SC police agency using technology to combat gun violence

May. 10, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina police agency says they are using technology to combat and reduce gun violence. During a news conference Friday, the Columbia Police Department announced they are using ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection technology that uses acoustics to detect, locate and alert law...

Officers use OnStar to disable stolen SUV, recapture inmate

May. 8, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Marion County Sheriff's Department says it used OnStar technology to track down and disable a stolen vehicle and recapture a jail inmate who had escaped custody about an hour earlier. Col. James Martin says 28-year-old Kollin Triggs ran from the jail to a nearby parking lot and...

Pullman police looking for an arson suspect

May. 7, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Police in Pullman are searching for an arson suspect after a fire destroyed a laser tag arena on Sunday, the same day a device resembling a pipe bomb was discovered in a city park. Days earlier, another improvised explosive was found in a mobile home in nearby Moscow, Idaho. No...

US searches of phones, laptops at airports rising, suit says

Apr. 30, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government searches of travelers' cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings nearly quadrupled since 2015 and were being done for reasons beyond customs and immigration enforcement, according to papers filed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that claims scouring the...

Police in parts of UK urge rape victims to hand over phones

Apr. 29, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Police in England and Wales are distributing consent forms urging victims of sexual assault and other crimes to turn over access to mobile phones and other electronic devices or risk having their cases dropped. The National Police Chiefs' Council said Monday that police will only seek access...

Colorado police to use GPS trackers on fleeing vehicles

Apr. 24, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Police in Colorado have begun using GPS trackers that can attach to fleeing vehicles in an effort to reduce dangerous chases. The Denver Post reports that the Denver Police Department on Monday began testing the devices that use an adhesive to fasten onto vehicles attempting to elude police....

Kentucky to use rapid DNA tests for sex assault cases

Apr. 10, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is helping to pioneer new crime-fighting technology that allows rapid DNA testing to more quickly identify sexual assault offenders and clear those falsely accused, officials said Wednesday. The equipment, known as the ANDE Rapid DNA system, can generate DNA identification...