Emails reveal how Boston Dynamics’ Spot fell down on the job during a trial with the Massachusetts State Police.

Spot, Boston Dynamics’ robot dog, is still trying to work out some kinks, according to emails and reports reviewed by OneZero.

The documents, which were obtained through a public records request, outline the agreement between Boston Dynamics and the Massachusetts State Police’s bomb squad, which borrowed Spot for a 90-day…


While the FBI requests ‘backdoor’ iPhone access, documents indicate law enforcement already has easy access to encrypted devices

Apple is once again facing pressure to give officials a “backdoor” into locked iPhones implicated in an act of domestic terrorism. …


“Do not mention FITlist.”

Over the last decade, large police forces in Washington state like the Seattle Police Department and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department have turned to facial recognition technology to identify and track down suspects. …


Documents reveal the Manhattan DA subscribes to a program that lets authorities break into iPhones in-house

In June 2019, the secretive Israeli digital forensics firm Cellebrite, which works with law enforcement to unlock cell phones, announced a significant product development: For the first time, government agencies would be able to break into phones in-house using licensed Cellebrite software.

Cellebrite’s new UFED Premium program gave law enforcement…


Instead of being purged, old mug shots are being fed into NYC databases

In 1976, the state of New York introduced a law that says if a case “is terminated in a person’s favor or results in a non-criminal violation,” the records of the case shall be “sealed” and any photographs or fingerprints destroyed or returned to the accused. …


The city outsources facial recognition work to other Louisiana law enforcement departments

The City of New Orleans has been adamant that it “does not use facial recognition software.” …

Michael Hayes

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