Forbes reports that Mexico has taken an unprecedented step in becoming the first-known buyer of surveillance technology that silently spies on calls, text messages and locations of any mobile phone user, via a shady telecom network known as Signalling System No. 7.
In a survey to law enforcement officials, the company formerly known as Taser International announces a product that will allow citizens to submit photos or video evidence of “a crime, suspicious activity, or event” to Evidence.com, the company’s cloud-based storage platform, to help agencies “in solving a crime or gathering a fuller point of view from the public.”
The federal giveaway of armored vehicles, riot gear and rifles was sharply curtailed by the Obama administration after Americans were shocked by the police show of force amid riots in Ferguson, Mo. Police unions asked for restoration of the program, and Trump will comply.
The problem of contraband cellphones has become a huge problem in U.S. prisons. U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina says the FCC could solve it by allowing state and local lockups to use signal-jamming technology.
The device, still in development, would allow a police officer to quickly check whether a cellphone had been in use before a crash. A civil liberties advocate called the technology “incredibly problematic.”
A smart speaker inadvertently caused a New Mexico man to call police as he threatened his girlfriend and her child. “This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation,” said Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.