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UK court says face recognition violates human rights

Aug. 11, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The use of facial recognition technology by British police has violated human rights and data protection laws, a court said Tuesday, in a decision praised as a victory against invasive practices by the authorities. In a case trumpeted as the first of its kind, Britain’s Court of Appeal...

File - In this file photo taken on Friday, July 10, 2020, Australian Al Jazeera journalist, reporter/senior producer Drew Ambrose, right, leaves the Bukit Aman police headquarters after being questioned by the Malaysian police over a documentary about the country's arrests of undocumented migrants, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian police have raided the office of news broadcaster Al Jazeera and two local TV stations, seizing computers as part of an investigation into a documentary on undocumented migrants that enraged the government. Al Jazeera slammed the raid as a “troubling escalation” in a government crackdown on media freedom.  (AP Photo, File)

Malaysia police raid Al Jazeera's office, seize computers

Aug. 4, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police raided the office of news broadcaster Al Jazeera and two local TV stations on Tuesday, seizing computers as part of an investigation into a documentary on undocumented migrants that enraged the government. Al Jazeera, a Qatari-state owned broadcaster, said in...

SC school district to report nearly 4,000 laptops stolen

Aug. 1, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 4,000 student laptops are missing in one South Carolina school district and officials say they will soon have to turn the matter over to police. Greenville County's public school district has been trying to recover the Chromebooks, valued at almost $1.2 million, since June....

In this undated photo provided by Avera Health and the Helmsley Charitable Trust, a mental health professional works at the Avera eCare facility in Sioux Falls, S.D. Police and probation officers in 23 counties will soon be able to connect people in mental distress with counselors in Sioux Falls. The police and probation officers will be equipped with tablet computers to reach with mental health professionals, under a pilot program announced Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Avera Health and the Helmsley Charitable Trust via AP)

South Dakota law officers to get iPads to help mental crises

Jul. 30, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police and probation officers in 23 South Dakota counties will soon be equipped with tablet computers so they can connect people in mental distress with mental health professionals, under a pilot program announced Thursday. The initiative was spearheaded by Supreme Court Chief...

Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, left, and Kansas City police Chief Rick Smith, wait for an event on

Troubled New Mexico sheriff's office to get 'superhero' tool

Jul. 25, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico sheriff, whose office is plagued by racial profiling lawsuits, said deputies will be outfitted with new superhero-style restraining devices but not body cameras. The Albuquerque Journal reports the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is giving 20 deputies a...

This combination photo shows the Associated Press logo on April 26, 2016, in New York, left, and a Sony logo on July 31, 2014, in Tokyo. The Associated Press and Sony Electronics announced a deal to equip all of the news cooperative's still and video photojournalists with new cameras. It will be the first time the AP will have photographers across the world using cameras from the same manufacturer, which the news cooperative hopes will improve consistency and speed. (AP Photo)

AP, Sony reach deal for new still and video cameras

Jul. 23, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press says it has reached a deal with Sony Electronics to exclusively equip its visual journalists with new video and still cameras over the next two years. The AP sends some 3,000 photos and 200 videos a day to customers worldwide. Visual journalism is a point of pride for...

Judge: Seattle City Council's ban on police devices stands

Jul. 23, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that he will allow a recent ordinance approved by the Seattle City Council that bars police from using tear gas, pepper spray and other crowd control devices to go into effect on Sunday. But, U.S. District Judge James Robart reserved the right to reconsider the...

German police chief quits in scandal over far-right threats

Jul. 14, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German state's police chief stepped down Tuesday over a scandal involving a left-wing lawmaker who received threatening emails after someone accessed her personal details on a police computer. The interior minister of Hesse state, a central region that includes Frankfurt, said police chief...

FILE - In this May 31, 2020, file photo, protesters march away from the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. German authorities, acting at the behest of the U.S. government, have seized a computer server that hosted a huge cache of files from U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies obtained in a Houston data breach last month. The publisher, a transparency collective called Distributed Denial of Secrets, said it got the documents from an outside individual who sympathizes with nationwide protests against police killings of unarmed Black people. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Germany seizes server hosting pilfered US police files

Jul. 9, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — At the behest of the U.S. government, German authorities have seized a computer server that hosted a huge cache of files from scores of U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies obtained in a Houston data breach last month. The server was being used by a WikiLeaks-like data...

New Mexico county moves to spend money on police cameras

Jul. 1, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Commissioners in New Mexico’s most populous county have taken another step toward outfitting the sheriff’s department with body cameras as Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham considers signing legislation that would mandate the equipment for nearly all local law...