More police departments and other first-responders are using drones

IN JUNE a search-and-rescue team in Colorado used a drone to spot lost hikers in a pine forest, shaving hours off the time it would have taken to find the hikers using dogs, and thousands of dollars off the cost of doing so with a helicopter.

Amazon relinquishes data from Echo that could have dropped eaves on a killing • The Register

We’ll have to wait a little longer for a test case on the legal use of data collected by Amazon’s eavesdropper Echo.

Authorities in Arkansas served a search warrant to obtain the data from an Amazon Echo device in a murder that took place in the state in November 2015.

Artificial Intelligence Can Tell If You’re Going To Be A Criminal, Says Study

Artificial intelligence has gone from science-fiction fantasy to imminent component of the future in the space of just a few decades, with many of the fictitious genre’s predictions inching closer and closer to reality.

One such foreshadowing short story was Philip K. Dick’s The Minority Report, which was later made into a feature film directed by Steven Spielberg.

Hacker’s Icarus machine steals drones midflight • The Register

Security researcher Jonathan Andersson has developed a tidy hardware module capable of fully hijacking a variety of popular drones and remote control gear running over the most popular protocol.

Trend Micro’s advanced security group manager told The Register he developed the Icarus box, and it only needs to be within range of a drone to hijack it with injected commands.

Police drones target rural criminals – Farmers Weekly

Police are flying drones over farmland in a bid to deter rural criminals in Essex. The initiative is part of Operation Buzzard, launched by Essex Police at Cherry Tree Orchard Farm, Orsett, on Saturday 24 September.

Operation Buzzard aims to reduce rural crime by making best use of the police’s specialist teams and partners across the county.

Spy drones to stop public pooing in public | Daily Star

DRONES are being deployed for the most unlikely reason imaginable – to catch people having a poo in public. Officials were forced to bring in the draconian measure to stop brazen locals squatting in fields in Yamunanagar, north India.

They are fuming because residents’ preference for relieving themselves in the great outdoors – rather than their own bathroom – has cost the district its “open defecation free” zone title.

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