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Leaked Police Files Offer Clues on How Cops Use Data Firms


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A San Bernardino Police Department officer during a traffic stop.

The San Bernardino Police Department is among dozens to have used ODIN Intelligence’s platform, which was hacked this month.

Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

ODIN Intelligence markets software to law enforcement agencies, but its operations are opaque. Its official address is a mailbox inside a UPS store in Utah. LinkedIn lists about a dozen employees, and ODIN's website contains only one sentence: "We help communities link homeless with resources; help protect citizens from child predators, and assist in locating missing persons."

Last week, the company published a notice saying that a hacking group claimed to have broken into its networks and stole gigabytes of data. About the same time, hackers provided a trove of documents — purportedly from ODIN Intelligence — to the Distributed Denial of Secrets, a pro-transparency group.

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