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Research group calls for pause on emerging use of algorithmic policing in Canada

Vancouver Police Department officers at a demonstration at the opening of the outside the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Vancouver in February 2017.
Vancouver Police Department officers at a demonstration at the opening of the outside the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Vancouver in February 2017. Ben Nelms/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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A growing number of Canadian police forces are using or considering algorithm-based tools to forecast where crimes may be committed or to surveil social media. Now, a prominent University of Toronto research group is calling for a halt in their use until the federal government completes a judicial inquiry into the practice.

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