A hack showed that an Austin policing program may be overstepping. Here’s what we know.
Posted February 7, 2021
- For years, the Austin Regional Intelligence Center has operated a community-level surveillance program.
- In June 2020, a hacker group breached the Houston-based web development company Netsentinal, which had contracts with hundreds of law enforcement agencies for web-hosting services. Nearly 270 gigabytes of sensitive police data was compromised.
- Known as “BlueLeaks,” the hack-and-leak operation is considered one of the largest data breaches in law enforcement history.
- The problem is that purging isn’t happening, the leaked data reveals. And many of the reports submitted by threat liaison officers fail to demonstrate a terrorism or criminal nexus and stay in the system for years.
- Since the leak, the center has imposed a 30-day information retention period, after which reports or information that is not determined to have a terrorism or criminal nexus will be purged from the system.
– Brandon Mulder | February 7, 2021