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July 17, 2015

Microsoft releases free service to identify and remove online child sexual abuse photos

Microsoft has released their PhotoDNA technology, a free service that helps identify and remove online child sexual abuse photos.
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June 25, 2014

US Supreme Court rules Police can’t search your phone without a warrant

The US Supreme Court has ruled that in order for police officers to search your phone, law enforcement will, in general, need to get a warrant.

The decision is the result of two cases that were brought to the Supreme Court, Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie, both of which involved police who searched the phone content of people who had been arrested but without asking for a warrant beforehand, or permission.

In a decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the nine members of the Supreme Court all agreed that,

“police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been [...]

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June 12, 2014

BBM Wiretaps by Canadian Police leads to arrests

RCMP intercept BBM messages in crime crackdown

Police in Quebec, Canada intercepted more than a million BlackBerry PIN-to-PIN communications as part of a crackdown against organized crime that culminated with 29 arrests Thursday.

The RCMP said it was the first time that such a technique had been used on such a large scale in an investigation.

Thanks to their wiretaps of BlackBerry PIN messages,

“investigators were able to identify the suspects in relation to a series of violent crimes committed on the Montréal territory between 2010 and 2012: arson, weapon cache, forcible confinement, drug trafficking, gangsterism and conspiracy,” the RCMP said in a [...]

 
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June 5, 2014

Cambridgeshire Police to replace thousands of BlackBerry’s with Windows phones

Cambridgeshire police plans to replace four thousand BlackBerry smartphones with 8,000 mobile devices running the latest Windows Phone operating system.

The Windows devices are expect to include the Nokia 1520 ‘phablet’ for frontline staff and the 930 for executives – will be rolled out by the end of the year. Budget Nokia 635 handsets will also be rolled out to more staff members, while Lenovo devices are also being considered following its buy-out of Motorola from Google.

According to Ian Bell, head of ITC at Cambridgeshire Constabulary, upgrades to the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, unveiled at Microsoft’s Build conference in April this year, were key to the [...]

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