“Citizen Surveillance Helps Officials Put Pieces Together”
An article in the WSJ highlights how surveillance technology in popular devices (i.e. smartphones) is aiding criminal investigators. In the recent F.B.I. search for the Boston Marathon bombers, they used video surveillance from stores and restaurants, as well as photos from the general public to identify suspicious individuals. Over 1 billion people now own camera-equipped smartphones that connect to the internet, presenting a potential goldmine of forensic data. However, collecting and sorting the data remains a challenge and facial recognition is still difficult in large probes.
Read the full article here.