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‘How predictable is crime?’
A section of the “How predictable is crime” document sidesteps potential “privacy and constitutional concerns,” and ignores the fact that over-policing certain areas is likely to disproportionately affect people of color.
"We are talking about police, and people die at the hands of police every day in the United States."
A Discriminatory Policing Method
The privatization of public safety
The documents obtained by Motherboard also shed light on PredPol’s former data storage practices. According to an agreement document between the city of Palo Alto and Predpol dated August of 2013, PredPol performs daily backups which are kept indefinitely on servers owned by the cloud computing company Rackspace. In an email to Motherboard, PredPol's MacDonald said that the company currently does not use Rackspace servers.
“You are relying on a new technology to help you do the ordinary business of policing."