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Virginia Police Department Suffers Significant Data Breach
As many as 500 employees—both sworn and civilian—of the Fairfax County Police Department may have had their personal information stolen in a substantial security breach detected late last week.
November 19, 2019
California Legislature Passes Bills on Police Transparency
The California Legislature has approved two measures that would allow the press and the public to more easily obtain information about police activity that had previously been kept confidential.
September 2, 2018
Panel OKs Guidelines for Los Angeles Police Department Drone Program
The civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department unanimously approved guidelines Tuesday for a drone program the LAPD wants to create.
October 11, 2017
Where is the Clinton Cloth for Cops?
Officers who use their personal email accounts for official business risk punishment for any derogatory business-related statements made on personal email.
October 22, 2015
Growing Use of Police Body Cameras Raises Privacy Concerns
Scores of law enforcement agencies already use body-worn cameras, and calls for more have only grown across the U.S. after recent cases involving use of force have pitted the word of police officers against angry residents.
September 29, 2014
License Plate Data Collection Raising Privacy Concerns
Law enforcement and private companies are collecting huge photo databases of license plate, time and location information for use as an investigative tool. But the use of license plate data is raising privacy concerns.
May 18, 2014
Md. Bills to Set Limits on Crime-Fighting Devices
Maryland lawmakers are sponsoring four bills they say will set rules that law enforcement in Maryland must follow–like making sure police have warrants before tracking cell phones.
January 15, 2014
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