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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Emerging Technologies and Their Impact on Law Enforcement

By Michelle Hoffmann

With the advent of computer technology and the pros and cons that have surfaced with this technology, comes a responsibility of massive proportions for us to understand how the technology works and how it can be used to both aid and impede the efforts of law enforcement and the agencies in charge of public safety.  

Today, with the massive amount of information that is now available for virtually anyone with computer access to wander into, this same public, as well as personal, safety has come under attack, leaving us feeling open and vulnerable.  Databases, full of our personal information such as birth and death records, social security numbers, our medical information, et al are all out there, just waiting for someone to access.  The information that can be garnered from such databases can potentially used to control, influence or even ruin our lives.

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