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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....

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...

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...

NYPD's secret weapon in standoffs - a simple length of rope

Apr. 4, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has all the latest crime-fighting tools: body cameras, algorithms, even drones. But it is now widely deploying a far simpler technology, a 5½-foot (1½-meter) piece of rope, to help officers deal with one of the diciest kinds of calls. The department...

Federal legalization of hemp creates quandary for US police

Mar. 28, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal legalization of hemp arrived in the U.S. late last year and expanded an industry already booming because of the skyrocketing popularity of CBDs, a compound in hemp that many see as a health aid. But now, just a few months after Congress placed the marijuana look-alike squarely...

Oklahoma City woman locked up for 2 weeks due to an error

Mar. 20, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A court-ordered inspection of every inmate in the Oklahoma County jail found that a 20-year-old woman had been wrongly incarcerated for two weeks on a warrant that had been dismissed months before, a lawyer said. Giselle Perez was jailed Feb. 26 after a traffic stop because of an...