‘Predictive policing’ algorithm monitors and harasses families

  • A Florida sheriff’s office deployed a futuristic algorithm that uses crime data to predict who is likely to commit another crime.
  • In a sweeping six-month investigation published this week, The Tampa Bay Times found that the algorithm relies on questionable data and arbitrary decisions, and leads to the serial harassment of people without any evidence of specific crimes.
  • Officers go to the homes of people singled out by the algorithm, charging them with zoning violations and making arrests for any reason they can. Those charges are fed back into the algorithm.
  • The new report shines a light on the pitfalls of algorithm-driven policing and casts doubt on high-tech, AI-powered tools meant to fight crime.

Source: ‘Predictive policing’ algorithm monitors and harasses families: Report – Business Insider