As we become increasingly surrounded by our Internet of Things devices, more data and information can become available and useful in a variety of situations. One such situation is a murder trial in Farmington, New Hampshire.
Prosecutors believe there may be recordings of the stabbings of two women from January 2017. Amazon has not yet said if it would release the information.
"I think this is the beginning of the ‘internet of evidence’ where lots of pieces of smart devices are going to show up in criminal prosecutions," Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, author of The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement, told Day 6.
Though it may be too soon to say that smart devices would be a common sight in court cases, it does provide impetus for discussion about it. If it would be helpful then it should be considered.
Of course, there are things like privacy and security concerns, not to mention the possibility of evidence being tampered with or that the data is in the possession of big corporations like Amazon.
Still, we could see more of this happening in the future.
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