California: Demand Community Control of Police Surveillance

If enacted, SB 1186 will require law enforcement agencies across California to seek civilian approval before acquiring new surveillance equipment. It would also require them to disclose to the public what kinds of technology they use to conduct surveillance, and their policies governing the use…

French Customs Accuses Young Mother of Running the “Black Hand” Forum

In a recent statement to the press from a French law enforcement officer, a piece of information about the administrator of the recently seized “Black Hand” forum took the media by surprise. Unlike the deceased administrator of Alphabay, the owners of Hansa, or the ranking…

Massive Online Weed Shop Busted in Canada

A press release issued by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) revealed that investigators had shut down an online drug shop. The announcement explained that three men from Edmonton had been running a so-called “mail-order drug distribution network” from a home near 80 Avenue….

Victory: California Overhauls Police Database Oversight Procedures in Wake of EFF Investigations

New Data Shows Law Enforcement Abused Network 143 Times in 2017 San Francisco – Responding to years of investigations and pressure from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the California Attorney General’s Office has overhauled and improved its oversight of law enforcement access to a computer…

The California Attorney General’s Office Says It’s Finally Taking Database Abuse Seriously—But Time Will Tell

In 2017, 22 law enforcement employees across California lost or left their jobs after abusing the computer network that grants police access to criminal histories and drivers’ records, according to new data compiled by the California Attorney General’s office. The records obtained by EFF show…

Bearish Authorities Sold $14M of Cryptos Seized from Darknet Busts

Law enforcement in Germany sold more than $14 million (€12 million) worth of seized cryptos for fear that their prices would fall. The prosecutors and other authorities decided to make an emergency sale of cryptocurrencies that were seized from Darknet related busts. According to Der…

Childs Play Member Admits Guilt in Canadian Court

Canadian law enforcement played a significant role in the capture and incarceration of one of the two owners of the former darknet child abuse forum “Childs Play” and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have routinely demonstrated their willingness to keep children safe. While both MagicKingdom…

Four Ecstasy Vendors Arrested in the Netherlands

According to an announcement from the Dutch National Public Prosecution Service, Dutch law enforcement arrested four men for suspected drug production and darknet drug distribution. The announcement accused the men of producing, among other drugs in smaller quantities, massive amounts of ecstasy. The announcement also…

ICE Abandons “Extreme Vetting” Software to Screen Visa Applicants

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has dropped a plan to use machine learning software to determine if a visa applicant might commit a crime or terrorist act. Last year, EPIC joined over 50 privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights groups to oppose the plan, stating that…