A Controversial DNA Database Used to Solve Crimes Has Gone Commercial

A third-party DNA database that began as a passion project and later became embroiled in an ongoing debate over genetic privacy has now gone commercial. This week, the San Diego-based forensics company Verogen announced its acquisition of the controversial genealogy website GEDmatch. It’s anyone’s guess as to how the shift in ownership will affect its over one million users – or its recent repurposing as a controversial crime-solving tool. Read More >>

New Surveilliance Tool Can Identify Terrorists by Analysing Their V-Signs

Terrorists and enemy insurgents are difficult to identify because they often conceal their faces with scarves and masks. A new algorithm has shown surprising promise being able to identify individuals by their characteristic “V for victory” signs. Read More >>

London Police to Wear 20,000 Body Cameras by Next Year

As the world hurtles further and further towards Ubisoft's surveillance-hacking game Watch Dogs, the Mayor of London has announced that 20000 police in the capital could be wearing body cameras by the end of March next year. Read More >>

The Metropolitan Police Force Wants Water Cannons in Case of Future Rioting

Picking a bone with London's local authorities, should a demonstration crumble into a full-scale riot, could become akin to going for a terra firma swim, as it's been revealed that the Metropolitan police force is shopping about for water cannons. Read More >>

East London Flats Fitted With Surface-to-Air Missiles to Keep Olympics… Safe

The Ministry of Defence is planning to place surface-to-air missiles on the top of a building in East London, just in case some crazed terrorist lunatic tries to crash a plane into the opening ceremony or, god forbid, disrupt the women's high jump. Read More >>

London Police Broadcasting Booze Safety Warnings via Wi-Fi

Here's a novel way to spread misery at Christmas. The Met Police is requesting revellers activate Wi-Fi when out and about in parts of London, so it can ping them links to adverts about the danger of booze-related crimes. Read More >>