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    “The circulation of the virus has continued to progress but at a slower rate than we could have feared”, declared the French Prime Minister. NOTWe are not confronted, at least not at this stage, with an exponential increase in the epidemic, as certain models predicted, ”rejoiced the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, during a press conference. “The circulation of the virus continued to progress but at a slower rate than what we feared”, added the head of government, arguing that “over the last seven days, the number of daily infections has increased by 1, 4%, whereas this same figure was + 14% during the previous week ”. 20 million people vaccinated by mid-May “We should have vaccinated at least 20 million people” by mid-May, that is, all volunteers over 50 years, promised Jean Castex. “By the summer, we will have received enough doses...
    (CNN)The Los Angeles Police Department is examining horrifying surveillance video showing two individuals attacking Lady Gaga's dog walker, opening fire on him and then fleeing the scene with the singer's two French bulldogs. That video is part of the evidence that LAPD detectives are scrutinizing, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. Lady Gaga's dogs Gustave (left) and Koji (right)The footage, recorded by a home surveillance camera, shows the dog walker on Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood on Wednesday night when a light-colored sedan slows down and stops next to him. At least two people can be seen exiting the vehicle and accosting the dog walker. In the video, the victim is heard shouting "no, no" as he struggles with his attackers.One man is seen restraining the victim, as the other appears to point a gun. As a gunshot rings out, the victim is seen falling backward as the men race...
    The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, and the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, give a press conference at 6 p.m. this Thursday, in order to take stock of the epidemiological situation in France. “It has been almost a year since the coronavirus epidemic broke out,” the Prime Minister began. “The health situation in our country has deteriorated in recent days”. 30,000 positive cases have been identified, a record figure since last November. It is especially the British variant which circulates in the country, and which worries the authorities because of its “higher” contagiousness, specified the Prime Minister. Jean Castex was very pleased with the decision of the executive not to completely reconfine the country. “Our objective remains the same: to hold on, while preserving the economy,” he said. “Our choice not to confine, however, requires rapid reactions to changes in the situation.” Jean Castex returned to...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police hope some new surveillance pictures will help them find a driver wanted for a deadly hit-and-run crash in North Philadelphia. Take a look at these pictures of the car that hit Olvin Martinez back in October. READ MORE: Southeast Delco School District Cites Staffing Shortages, Ventilation Concerns Behind Delaying In-Person Instruction Until 2021-22 Martinez was crossing the 4200 block of Whitaker Avenue early in the morning when he was killed. READ MORE: FDA Says Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Meets Requirements For Emergency Use Authorization Police don’t have a good description yet of the car or driver. MORE NEWS: Jaleel Uqdah Arrested For Raping 55-Year-Old Woman Inside Center City Macys, Philadelphia Police Say If you have any information you are asked to contact police.
    Police released new surveillance video of the mugger who pummeled an elderly man in a Bay Ridge subway station last week.  The 68-year-old victim was on the southbound platform of the Bay Ridge Avenue R train station around 3:30 p.m. Friday when a man punched him in the face and body before grabbing his wallet and MetroCard, police said.  The victim refused medical attention on scene.  The suspect then ran out of the station, police said. In surveillance video released late Monday, he’s shown strolling on a nearby sidewalk, wearing a red cap and black face mask, and appears to be talking on the phone.  Police said Friday that the assailant was joined by an accomplice. That person jumped on an R train, authorities said. Police are looking for the person in this photo in connection with a subway attack in Bay Ridge.DCPI
    More On: mugging Elderly man mugged on Bay Ridge subway platform 93-year-old woman injured, robbed in Bronx: cops Robbers posing as cops in NYC mug two people, pummel street vendor Group of muggers attack teens, steal cellphone Police released new surveillance video of the mugger who pummeled an elderly man in a Bay Ridge subway station last week.  The 68-year-old victim was on the southbound platform of the Bay Ridge Avenue R train station around 3:30 p.m. Friday when a man punched him in the face and body before grabbing his wallet and MetroCard, police said.  The victim refused medical attention on scene.  The suspect then ran out of the station, police said. In surveillance video released late Monday, he’s shown strolling on a nearby sidewalk, wearing a red cap and black face mask, and appears to be talking on the phone.  Police said Friday that the assailant was...
    VALLEJO (CBS SF) — Vallejo police released a short surveillance video Tuesday, hoping someone will recognize the speeding SUV and lead them to a suspect in the fatal November 2020 shooting of Ivana Orizabal. Investigators said that Orizabal was shot in the 3600 Block of Georgia Street near Fernwood Street at approximately 5:36 p.m. on Nov. 12. READ MORE: Space Heater Ignited Fatal Bethel Island Boat Fire READ MORE: State AG Xavier Becerra Faces Tough Questioning At Health Secretary Confirmation Hearing Arriving officers, located the 21-year-old Richmond resident, who was suffering from at least one gunshot wound, in the 100 block of Cottonwood Drive. She was transported to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Investigators conducted follow-up and located video surveillance of the suspect vehicle, believed to be a 2005-2010 Mercedes Benz M Class SUV. MORE NEWS: Oakland Police Arrest Suspect Who Allegedly Made Online...
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Civil and digital rights groups on Wednesday launched a petition seeking the support of one million Europeans to help pressure the European Union to ban biometric mass surveillance ahead of laws on artificial intelligence (AI) due this year. Surveillance tools such as facial recognition systems have triggered concerns about risks to privacy and fundamental rights and that they could be exploited by repressive regimes to commit human rights violations. The EU executive plans to announce a legislative proposal on AI in the first quarter of the year, which is expected to cover high-risk sectors such as healthcare, energy, transport and parts of the public sector. The group, made up of the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, Reclaim Your Face, European Digital Rights, Privacy International and about 26 other organisations, warned of the dangers of biometric data captured via CCTV cameras and facial recognition...
    More On: Coronavirus This is what quarantine in Olympic-host Japan looks like Britain threatens 10-year prison sentence for lying about pandemic travel US not ready to accept WHO findings that COVID-19 didn’t come from Wuhan lab Glenn Greenwald blasts Facebook for censoring dissenting vaccine opinions Bats in Thailand have been discovered with a new coronavirus that closely matches the one that causes COVID-19, scientists said. The newly-identified virus known as RacCS203 was found in the blood of five horseshoe bats kept in an artificial cave at a wildlife sanctuary in eastern Thailand, according to a study Tuesday in Nature Communications. Researchers led by Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok conducted genomic sequencing on the new virus. The research determined that it shares 91.5 percent of the genetic code of Sars-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. It is also highly similar to another coronavirus known as RmYN02, which is found in bats in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Three South Side neighborhoods are getting more surveillance cameras.They come in light of a carjacking that left a retired Chicago firefighter dead.It's an effort to increase safety and decrease crime. More than a dozen new surveillance cameras will soon blanket the far Southwest Side.State-of-the-art surveillance cameras will soon be installed across Beverly, Morgan Park and the Mount Greenwood neighborhoods.RELATED: 4th suspect charged in murder of retired Chicago firefighter during Morgan Park attempted carjackingEMBED More News Videos Chicago police released this surveillance video of the attempted carjacking and shootout that killled retired Chicago firefighter Dwain Williams in Morgan Park. "By investing in technology, we can help the police hold people accountable who would do harm to our community and increase the efficiency of our police officers," said Alderman Matt O'shea of the 19th Ward.Those new cameras will be monitored by police officers in real time, 24 hours a...
    PALO ALTO (CBSLA) – As the coronavirus mutates into potentially more dangerous forms, scientists are ramping up efforts to detect new strains. Stanford University has launched a major surveillance program to track virus variants in California. “When the samples come to the lab, we screen them for COVID and if they’re COVID-positive we now proceed to screen them to see if any of these variants are present,” said Obadia Kenji, laboratory manager of Stanford University Clinical Virology Lab. The Stanford lab has already detected a California strain that is responsible for about 30 percent of San Francisco Bay Area infections. “It’s very important for us to know which variant is out there,” added Kenji. “Some of the variants have been linked to an increase in transmission of the virus. We don’t know if a variant can pop up that can lead to severe disease.” Scientists are worried about a new variant...
    Police are looking for a group of suspects after a shocking attack in the Chinatown district of New York City. The NYPD released a video on Saturday afternoon showing an attack in which a dozen suspects beat, stripped and robbed a 26-year-old man around 11:30am on Friday after he got off a bus from Atlanta. The beginning of the video shows surveillance shots of several of the suspects calmly walking down the sidewalk. Then, the video shows the suspects running towards a man seemingly fleeing in the bike lane near a crosswalk. Scroll down for video  A shocking attack in Chinatown, New York shows a man running for his life in the bike lane Eventually, the suspects catch up to the man and begin beating him up on the street As the four primary suspects begin the attack, others witness and some join in the beating The...
    Surveillance footage has revealed the moment a New Jersey plainclothes cop in an unmarked police car shot dead an unarmed black man on New Year's Day.  Carl Dorsey III, 39, died in the early hours of January 1 after being shot by Newark Police Detective Rod Simpkins near Woodlawn Avenue and South 11th Street in Newark. Officers had reportedly arrived on the scene after hearing gunshots fired in the area.  Security camera video released by the AG Thursday shows Dorsey running across the street as Simpkins exits the unmarked police car.  They appear to collide with each other before Simpkins turns and shoots Dorsey dead in the road.  The video is the only footage so far found of the incident. There is no dashcam or bodycam footage from the killing, because state law does not require plainclothes officers to use it. The state's Attorney General's Office, which is investigating the fatal...
    New York : There is extreme surveillance in Washington, DC Photo: Stefani Reynolds / . Although the issue of security is a priority in the planning of the inauguration ceremony of the government of the president-elect Joe biden and the vice president-elect Kamala harris, the concern of a possible attack remains. In fact, it is feared that some aggression is direct to the elected president, for which the FBI has increased the scrutiny even of the National Guard military. This Tuesday, for example, two members of the Army National Guard were withdrawn from their surveillance functions at the inauguration, due to this security investigation, in order to guarantee that the troops do not have links with extremist groups. With information from a defense official, CNN confirmed the removal of the officials, but the reasons were not given. “Due to operational security, we do not discuss...
    Police are hunting for a man who was captured on video casually walking down a New York City sidewalk with an assault rifle.  The man was spotted with the black assault rifle in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon.  Surveillance video showed him walking down Webster Avenue at about 3.30pm with the rifle in his left hand.   The rifle the man was carrying had a high capacity magazine, according to police. The man was spotted with the black assault rifle in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon. Surveillance video showed him walking down Webster Avenue at about 3.30pm with the rifle in his left hand The NYPD said the man sparked 'fear and alarm' among those who witnessed him walking alone the sidewalk.  The man was last seen walking towards East Gun Hill Road/ There were no reported injuries as a result of the incident, police said.  Police described the ordeal as 'reckless...
    New York : Biden’s inauguration is January 20. Photo: Al Drago / . A counterintelligence expert believes that federal agencies in charge of security for Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony should be vigilant of protesters and members of the police. Frank Figliuzzi, former assistant director of the FBI, described in the program Morning Joe of MSNBC that the FBI is living a race against the clock towards the inauguration of Biden on January 20 in Washington. “They must prepare security for the inauguration while preparing cases to identify the organizers of these radical groups,” Figliuzzi said. The former FBI believes that the people who committed the assault to the Capitol on January 6 they must be accused of sedition. Loss of values Figliuzzi expressed concern about the situation the country is experiencing with the followers of President Donald Trump. “The problem is that they are loyal...
    New York : The FBI on alert for violence similar to that which occurred in the Capitol on January 6. Photo: Samuel Corum / . President Donald trump approved an emergency declaration for Washington DC and ordered federal assistance to monitor the city for possible violent demonstrations. The president answered the call of the mayor Muriel bowser, who on Monday requested the declaration in order to expand surveillance, after FBI alert of armed demonstrations in 50 states, including the capital of the country. “Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide, at its discretion, the equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency,” the statement says. “Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided with 100 percent federal funds.” The FBI warned that the days before the inauguration of the president-elect Joe biden Armed protests are planned, especially...
    More On: microsoft Microsoft wants to help more veterans get tech jobs Good luck finding a new Xbox or PS5 before Black Friday Big Tech lobbying Joe Biden to end Trump’s immigration rules Foreign hackers are targeting COVID-19 vaccine makers, Microsoft warns As if workers weren’t self-conscious enough during a video conference. United States Patent and Trademark Office records indicate that Microsoft is staking claim over novel software that allows employers to monitor staffers’ body language and facial expressions during virtual and in-person meetings, and delivers a numeric “productivity score,” topping out at 800, for companies overall. The technology garnered little buzz during Microsoft’s Ignite conference in October, Forbes reported last week. Since then, security experts have had a chance to take a deeper look at Productivity Score. “It’s horrendous,” said right-to-privacy researcher J.S. Nelson, associate professor of law at Villanova University. “Why are they monitoring people...
    More On: surveillance Trump administration to reportedly dispose of Open Skies treaty planes Amazon reportedly hired infamous private firm to spy on unionization efforts Suspect in shooting of 70-year-old woman seen on surveillance video NYPD releases surveillance video of suspect in Bronx shooting that grazed teen Police in Mississippi’s homicide-wracked capital are one step closer to being able to access residents’ livestreaming home security video — in a move opposed by privacy advocates. The police department in Jackson will soon become one of two dozen places across the country to sign on with Fusus, a company that makes its easier for cops to create a network of real-time video from public and private cameras, NBC News reported. Residents in the city of 160,000 — which recorded a decade-high 84 murders in 2018 — can opt into the service with their doorbell cameras, like Ring. The livestream feed would then...
    It's supposed to help bosses make sure work meetings are productive. But a new computer system that can tell when employees are bored has been condemned as an alarming form of 'workplace surveillance'. Microsoft has filed a patent for a network designed to monitor and score body language, speech and facial expressions at meetings via cameras, sensors and software. But a new computer system that can tell when employees are bored has been condemned as an alarming form of 'workplace surveillance' (stock image) The 'insight computing system' will analyse how often each participant speaks and their speech patterns, picking up on signs indicating a drop in productivity such as boredom and tiredness. Their scores can then be cross-referenced with time spent texting, checking email and browsing the internet, using the software giant's Office 365 software, the patent says. All of the information gathered by the system would be combined...
    A new tool released by the Maryland Department of Health tracks flu vaccination rates by area, gender and race and offers more detail with year-over-year comparisons. The dashboard offers enhanced data visuals, year-over-year comparisons and flu vaccination rates by jurisdiction. The previous dashboard only included standard weekly flu surveillance reporting. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) said the online tool comes amid concern about the potential for the state’s health care system to become overwhelmed as the flu season progresses during new surges of coronavirus cases. “The new dashboard offers more dynamic information about the statistics we monitor every flu season. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the goal is to provide as much data as possible,” said MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall. “We want the public to have the information they need and the incentive to take appropriate action — get a flu shot, wear a mask, wash...
    WAYNE, New Jersey (WABC) -- Police are investigating a paintball attack that occurred near a mall in New Jersey.Officials from the Wayne Police Department say the incident happened on Sunday, November 8, around 5:45 p.m. near the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne.They say four male teenagers were walking on the sidewalk by the mall food court when a passenger in a passing silver or gray sedan fired multiple close range shots from a paintball gun at the group.ALSO READ: Gunfire leaves 2 men dead in front seats of car in Queens: PoliceEMBED More News Videos Diana Rocco has an update on a double fatal shooting in Queens. One of the shots struck a 15-year-old just under his eye, causing significant injury.The victim required medical attention at a hospital.Police say the car sped off after the shooting. However, video surveillance captured the vehicle near the food court prior to the incident.Witnesses describe...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The search for missing accounting executive Alan White of Dallas continues, and now his family has released new surveillance video from the morning he disappeared. White, 55, has been missing since the morning of Oct. 22 after his family said he was last seen driving out of the parking lot of the LA Fitness on Haskell Avenue in the Uptown area of Dallas in a black 2020 Porsche Macan. Although Dallas police are pursuing the case as a “want to locate” with no evidence to suggest he was harmed, White’s family insists he would not have just disappeared. Alan White (credit: White family) “We are a close knit family,” White’s brother, Tim, said last week. “And I’m sitting here at his desk right now and he’s got a ‘to do’ list of stuff from 10/22, handwritten, that he was gonna do. He wouldn’t just up and vanish...
    Security cameras have become valuable tools to identify threats of violence. There's a new development Wednesday that adds artificial intelligence that can detect guns in security video.The new dimension of artificial intelligence, or AI, has the potential to prevent a mass casualty event.RELATED: CA gun sales up amid COVID-19 pandemic fears, study finds"We needed to move away from the thinking that emergency mass notification systems were all about notification, " said David Fraser, CEO of Omnilert.Fraser demonstrated its new Gun Detect technology it claims to be an industry first using AI. Utilizing existing camera networks in a large-scale setting, such as a school or airport or large business campus, algorithms can identify a gun or shotgun. The system first flags the gun in orange as suspicious, then goes to red alert in seconds."They basically can make a high-resolution determination of whether this is a real threat or not," said Fraser.VIDEO:...
    CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.Kevin Dietsch | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is developing new guidance on how to deploy coronavirus tests for screening purposes that could help reopen schools, businesses and entertainment venues, Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Wednesday. Testing has so far been used in the United States mostly to diagnose people who are sick or have been exposed to someone with a confirmed Covid-19 case. Screening would test virtually everyone in a given community, looking for potentially infectious people. "Screening can be very powerful for maybe non-public health reasons, maybe getting us back to life, and screening in schools, K-12 screening and university screening," he said at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing. "We'll be coming out with some guidance around screening." Redfield said the CDC would make...
    Washington — Attorney General William Barr announced a series of reforms to the FBI's process for pursuing warrants to secretly surveil elected officials, political campaigns and candidates, a move that comes nearly a year after an inspector general report documented numerous failures by the FBI during its 2016 investigation into the Trump campaign. Barr issued the new restrictions in a pair of memos released Tuesday. The first directive authorizes the creation of an Office of Internal Auditing within the FBI to ensure "rigorous and robust auditing" of the bureau's activities. The second memo establishes new oversight procedures for pursuing secret surveillance warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. "FISA is a critical tool to ensuring the safety and security of Americans, particularly when it comes to fighting terrorism. However, the American people must have confidence that the United States Government will exercise its surveillance authorities in a manner...
    Yesterday, we learned that Trump attorney general William Barr has pushed out another high-level oversight official within the Department of Justice, one who was dedicated to ensuring federal counterintelligence and national security probes remain within the bounds of the law—a strange move, on the eve of a presidential election. The position will now be filled with a political hire chosen by Barr. Today, Barr released a memo restricting federal surveillance of political candidates and anyone on their campaigns, including “informal” advisers. Specifically, Barr ordered that all electronic surveillance related to possible foreign intelligence links to a campaign member be approved by himself, personally—and that investigators must “consider” warning the target that a foreign government may be targeting them. It’s clearly intended as a response to federal investigators surveilling Trump ex-campaign aide Carter Page during the last election. In practice, this means that Bill Barr, and Bill Barr alone, will be deciding which investigations of foreign election interference...
    Bradley Cortright September 1, 2020 0 Comments Attorney General William Barr is announcing a new series of new reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application process. The new reforms come 10 months after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Russia probe. Horowitz’s report that found several errors in the agency’s FISA applications to surveil members of President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.  “The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation press forward with Foreign Intelligence Surveillance reforms,” Barr said in a statement on Tuesday. Barr issued two memos regarding the FISA reforms that implement new restrictions on applying for a surveillance warrant for an elected official or a candidate or “advisors of such candidate’s campaign.” “In consultation with FBI Director Wray, I issued two memoranda — one that authorizes the establishment of an FBI Office...
    New York’s state legislature passed companion bills this week that will place a two-year moratorium on facial recognition and other biometric surveillance being used in schools. Hide The bills would specifically block all public and nonpublic schools from purchasing or using biometric identification technology “for any purpose” until July 2022. Hide The passage in the State Senate and State Assembly comes after Lockport Central School District activated its object and facial recognition system earlier this year. The decision by Lockport to use the technology prompted fierce criticism from the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and other advocacy groups. The NYCLU also sued the New York State Education Department for approving Lockport’s use of facial recognition technology. The suit is ongoing. “I am concerned that this technology is an inherent threat to the privacy and civil rights of students, staff, and visitors, that it is an...
    The personal assistant charged with murdering his wealthy tech entrepreneur boss was caught on surveillance video buying an electric saw and cleaning supplies just hours beforehand, prosecutors have revealed.  Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, was arrested and charged with second degree murder Friday over the grisly murder of Fahim Saleh , 33, in his Lower East Side apartment earlier this week.  Police say Saleh was beheaded and dismembered inside the $2.2 million residence on Monday afternoon, before his remains were found by a family member the following day.  An electric saw and cleaning supplies were discovered inside the apartment.  Prosecutors have not released the name of the store where Haspil was recorded buying the supplies. The personal assistant normally resides near Prospect Park in Brooklyn.  However, they allege the  footage shows him making the transaction late Monday morning.  Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, is escorted out of the 7th Precinct on Friday...
    Over 1,300 partnerships with Ring. Hundreds of facial recognition systems. Dozens of cell-site simulator devices. The surveillance apparatus in the United States takes all kinds of forms in all kinds of places—a huge number of which populate a new map called the Atlas of Surveillance. A collaboration between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism, the Atlas of Surveillance offers an omnibus look not only at what technologies law enforcement agencies deploy, but where they do it. From automated license plate readers to body cameras to the so-called fusion centers that centrally process scores of surveillance data, the project drives home just how common these sophisticated tools have become. In fact, despite offering 5,300 data points from 3,000 police departments, it’s still only a sample of surveillance’s true sweep. “We’re never going to be comprehensive,” says Dave Maass, a senior investigative researcher at...
    A new interactive map shows what kind of surveillance technology police departments across the country have. Hide The map, dubbed “Atlas of Surveillance,” was released by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Monday. Hide The map is a database that allows people to search on a granular level about surveillance technology used by police departments in the United States. The map shows departments that use body cameras, drones, automated license plate readers, facial recognition, cell-site simulators, gunshot detection, predictive policing, video analytics, and ones that have a partnership with Ring, Amazon’s smart-doorbell. The map shows around 5,000 data points for about 3,000 police jurisdictions. Users can filter what kind of surveillance is shown on the map and find out more information about specific police departments and surveillance tools they have access to. Hide...
    Newly emerged surveillance video shows at least seven men at a Michigan youth center holding down a black teenager who later died after being restrained for throwing a sandwich in the cafeteria.  The footage released on Tuesday shows the moment 16-year-old Cornelius Fredericks was pushed to the floor and pinned down by staffers at the Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo on April 29.  The teenager went into cardiac arrest as he was being restrained and died in hospital two days later. His cause of death has been listed as a homicide and three staffers have already been arraigned on involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse charges.  The footage released on Tuesday shows the moment Cornelius Fredericks, 16, was pushed to the floor and pinned down by staffers at the Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo on April 29 just moments after throwing the sandwich  Detroit-area attorney Geoffrey Fieger released the surveillance video as part...
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) will "read carefully" a Chinese study on a new flu virus found in pigs, a spokesman said on Tuesday, saying the findings underscored the importance of influenza surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential "pandemic virus", the study said. "We will read carefully the paper to understand what is new," the WHO's Christian Lindmeier told a Geneva briefing, saying it was important to collaborate on findings and keep tabs on animal populations. "It also highlights we cannot let our guard down on influenza and need to be vigilant and continue surveillance even in the coronavirus pandemic," he added. (Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Alison Williams) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Sen. Edward J. MarkeyGetty Images A group of Democratic lawmakers are seeking to ban government use of facial recognition technology with a new bicameral bill announced Thursday. The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act is a response to recent reports of government use of the technology, according to a press release. It would seek to make permanent the pledges IBM, Microsoft and Amazon have taken to temporarily stop selling their technology to law enforcement.  The companies announced those moves amid rising scrutiny of surveillance systems tracking widespread protests over the death of George Floyd. The firms cited the lack of regulation as a core reason for their decisions, but this new bill goes further than simply placing guardrails on law enforcement's use of the technology. Under the legislation, federal entities would not be allowed to use facial recognition technology or other biometric tools like voice recognition, unless Congress lifts the...
    Reuters June 18, 2020 0 Comments The New York City Council overwhelmingly passed a bill that would order the city’s police force to itemize and explain its surveillance gear. The Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act passed by a vote of 44 to six, the speaker’s office said Thursday. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had expressed opposition to the bill, recently indicated he would sign it into law. The bill, which had been in limbo for years, gained momentum following the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis and the massive protests that followed. The new rules would give the New York Police Department 180 days to list the surveillance technologies it uses – and how they affect the city’s residents. “This is an opportunity for the city and New Yorkers to understand what the NYPD is using, how it’s using it, and who it’s using it on,”...
    New York City police have released surveillance video and images of more than a dozen people wanted in connection with the looting of Macy’s iconic Herald Square store. The ransacking happened last Monday as looters targeted stores across Manhattan following protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. Surveillance footage shows one looter wielding a hammer, while another was using a baseball bat to smash through the store’s glass doors. TOP NY POLICE UNION OFFICIAL SAYS OFFICERS 'WANT TO HELP FIX' PROBLEMS, 'BUT NOBODY'S TALKING TO US' Other looters are seen using their bare hands to try to open a revolving door. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Images released of the looters fleeing the store depicted one carrying several purses. Police told the New York Post that the Macy’s looters made off with about $10,000 in merchandise.
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