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Law enforcement officials in New York are not happy with NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch, who made the decision two years ago to purchase 36,000 Nokia brand smartphones running Microsoft's unpopular Windows Phone platform. Due to Microsoft's lack of ongoing support, all of the phones have to be decommissioned, and replaced with iPhone models from Apple.The move to replace what are essentially outdated and obsolete Windows Phone hardware comes just months after the last one was handed out to police. While this may seem like an overreaction, bear in mind that law enforcement sometimes rely on these devices in life and death situations. Trusting those moments to... Read more...
The NYPD is reportedly testing Google Glass for use with its patrol officers. “We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes,” a “ranking New York City law enforcement official” told VentureBeat. That sounds tame enough until you cross-reference that tidbit with the fact that facial recognition software (NameTag) exists for the high-tech specs. Ostensibly, then, police officers could identify you--whether or not you’re a criminal or engaging in suspicious activity--without you knowing it. Privacy mavens will no doubt hit the roof, but while it’s... Read more...
It was only a month ago that we reported how various police departments are setting up systems for receiving anonymous tips via text messaging to help solve crimes. Now the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) Commissioner, Ray Kelly, is embracing another social media technology to help police solve crimes: asking people upload "video or photo evidence directly to the New York Police Department." "It's a fact of life," Kelly said. "Everybody has a camera in their telephones. When people can record an event taking place that helps us during an investigation, it's helpful." The NYPD's motivation, however, might actually be founded not so much in trying to fight crime as to save face over a... Read more...