Cops Are Offering Ring Doorbell Cameras in Exchange for Info

On June 21, Chris Williams, the captain of the El Monte Police Department in California, sent an email to staff reminding them about a new incentive for crime witnesses to share information with law enforcement. Rather than the cash reward used by some programs, El Monte gave out camera-equipped doorbells made by the home security company Ring, which retail starting at $99. “The Ring Home Security Camera system provides not only intelligence about suspect’s action and descriptions, but serves as a deterrent to crime,” Williams wrote, according to documents obtained in response to a public records request. Earlier that year, El Monte had entered into an official partnership with Ring, which gives officers access to an online platform where they …

Hack Brief: Hackers Stole a Border Agency Database of Traveler Photos

In its rush to gather biometric data from travelers in the US, Customs and Border Protection has apparently neglected basic safeguards to protect it. One of its subcontractors was recently breached, leaving photos of travelers and license plates in the hands of hackers. The Washington Post first reported the incident, whose full scope remains unclear. But the hack has raised sharp questions about the agency’s already controversial push for biometrics. Facial recognition scans have become more routine at airports; CBP wants it in the top 20 US airports by 2021. “The CBP program should be suspended pending an investigation,” says Jeramie Scott, senior counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “The agency simply should not collect this sensitive personal information …

UK carriers warn over ongoing Huawei 5G uncertainty: Report

UK mobile network operators have drafted a letter urging the government for greater clarity on Chinese tech giant Huawei’s involvement in domestic 5G infrastructure, according to a report by the BBC. Huawei remains under a cloud of security suspicion attached to its relationship with the Chinese state, which in 2017 passed legislation that gives authorities more direct control over the operations of internet-based companies — leading to fears it could repurpose network kit supplied by Huawei as a conduit for foreign spying. Back in April, press reports emerged suggesting the UK government was intending to give Huawei a limited role in 5G infrastructure — for ‘non-core’ parts of the network — despite multiple cabinet ministers apparently raising concerns about any …