Just published new Maverick research, How will you fare when your device approaches the bench? that takes a look at the implications of devices on criminal justice systems. The expansion of myriad devices is causing a clash of privacy versus conveni, leading to unprecedented transparency and shaking the core of our justice systems. This research helps CIOs grasp the challenge and drive future thinking.
Digital technologies are impacting the legal system through evidentiary findings. Today, it’s common to hear that a mobile phone’s location, tracked by cell towers, helped to convict or exonerate a defendant. Some facts are clear:
- You are building a digital record (digital DNA) every minute of every day.
- Devices are increasingly used in legal proceedings to verify and even provide testimony.
- You may have already given up your right to withhold digital tracking information.
So, in a police investigation or trial, will your devices act as informants or alibis? Or, will they be given privileged confidant status? Perhaps your Alexa will be able to corroborate your alibi that you were in fact home at the time of the incident. But maybe your home security system will show you leaving 30 minutes before the incident and returning 30 minutes after, thus acting as an informant. As with human testimony, this creates a conflict that must be resolved. Which device is to be believed? Even if you think you haven’t done anything illegal, immoral or unethical, your digital DNA can and will be used against you in any number of ways. As many people have already found out, elements of your digital DNA live on long after you delete them. One of the most important aspects is simply awareness. Knowing how you are creating your digital DNA at least allows some element of control, albeit minimal.
This research is important for every individual as we are faced with unprecedented transparency that will change us and our political systems.
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