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Univ. of South Carolina School of Law

Monday, October 14, 2013

Big Data in Oakland and Beyond

This article in the NY Times chronicles Oakland's efforts to use technology to improve law enforcement intelligence gathering.  The article, like virtually all media coverage of this topic, focuses on the privacy implications of gathering the data.  Another angle, as hinted at by the paragraph excerpted below, has to do with the availability of all of the gathered information as evidence:

“For law enforcement, data mining is a big step toward more complete intelligence gathering.  The police have traditionally made arrests based on small bits of data — witness testimony, logs of license plate readers, footage from a surveillance camera perched above a bank machine.  The new capacity to collect and sift through all that information gives the authorities a much broader view of the people they are investigating.”

- JB



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