So a guy selling pot is robbed by two other guys. And the police use a Stingray to track the robbers down. Then it went to court. The seller was charged with drug distribution, the other guys with felonies.
A couple of weeks ago a judge asked the police to let him see the famous Stingray device I blogged about last. Turns out the police and prosecutors were so loathe to permit the machine to see the light of day that they offered all the putative criminals plea-bargains and they all ended up with probation.
Whole story here.
It will be interesting to see how many of these cases show up in the next year, as Stingray gets better known, and the ‘non-disclosure’ agreements that police departments sign with the FBI when they get the devices get challenged by judges not impressed with secret superpowerful technologies used to conduct simple criminal investigations.
Three quite unrelated postings on ‘teh webs’ struck me this week. Two deal with what your apps are doing to you. One is a Danish public service announcement about what your apps are doing to you. Food for thought, whether we do anything about it or not, and whether we even could:
The third is a much longer piece on what can happen to someone who carelessly tweets something they thought was funny. Turns out not everyone is very charitable, and it can literally ruin your life:
Incidentally, this article is an excerpt from Ronson’s forthcoming book.
I have no solutions, just sobering second thoughts.
As part of National Data Privacy Month I’ve just posted on a national Educause blog about how local and state police are watching you a little too closely for my comfort. You can read about it here:
feel free to comment either below or on the Educause site.