Drones are helping French traffic cops to catch hundreds of dangerous drivers

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While Amazon’s vision of cops going around with shoulder-based “assistant drones” may be something for the distant future, their French counterparts are wasting little time in utilizing the remotely controlled flying machines in their daily duties.

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Backyard skinny-dippers losing privacy to peeping drone stalkers

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Recent advances in technology mean we can no longer rely on fences or barriers around our homes to protect our privacy. This was certainly the case for Darwin resident Karli Hyatt, who on Tuesday explained how a drone invaded the security and privacy of her suburban backyard.

Hyatt had returned home last week from an evening gym session, undressed and jumped into her secluded backyard pool. She thought she was “skinny-dipping” in private. Within minutes, though, a small camera-mounted quadcopter drone was hovering close overhead. Hyatt is certain it was watching her, although there was no operator to be seen.

She describes the experience as initially shocking and has ongoing concerns about who might have been flying the drone and why. The result is an erosion of trust and cohesion in her neighborhood and a feeling of insecurity in her own home.

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Police face-tracking network covers nearly 50% of US adults

Using state driver’s license data, US law enforcement agencies have created a huge network of ID photographs that can be searched using facial-recognition software, raising legal and privacy concerns about its use.

Photographs of more than 117 million adult US citizens are now part of the “perpetual line-up,” according to a report by that name published Tuesday by the Center on Privacy and Technology at the Georgetown University Law Center.

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By 2040 Robots ‘will commit more crime than humans’

Researchers have warned that robots and computers will pursue more criminal activities than humans by 2040.

Tracey Follows from The Future Laboratory, which helps businesses plan for the future, said: “Once robots can be hacked to become suicide-bombing machines, lone-robot attacks could become rife.”

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Experts warn that Robots could become CRIMINALS

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Robots are becoming an inevitable part of our future.

But questions remain over whether the increased use of artificial intelligence will be a good thing for humanity.

Now academics are becoming concerned that autonomous machines will break the law – and we will be powerless to stop them.

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Intelligence agencies struggle identifying threats from lone, mentally ill attackers

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Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community’s efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters.

The attacks have a common theme of being carried out by actors with an apparent history of mental illness – but few if any direct links to extremist groups.

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Police unlock murder victim’s phone by 3D printing his finger

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Mobile phones hold a trove of personal information that can be valuable to law enforcement investigating serious crimes, but they are notoriously hard to get into without a passcode or the owner’s fingerprint.

Police in the US found a way around this difficulty by 3D printing a murder victim’s finger to gain access to their smartphone and hopefully find evidence that would lead to the perpetrator of the crime.

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