I hope you’ll find this month’s articles on eDiscovery an interesting read. They are written by attorneys with years of experience in the specialty — and written with the simplicity to get even the most novice up and running.
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Loving Location Histories
By Craig Ball
I give dozens of talks each year on electronic evidence where I discuss geolocation data and its transformative potential as evidence in criminal prosecutions and civil litigation. Smart phones constantly track our movements using gyroscopes, accelerometers, global positioning features, geolocation apps, cell tower triangulation and three independent radio systems. Our steps are tallied, altitudes logged, and, for many, vital signs are monitored, too. We are earthbound astronauts, instrumented and coupled to sensors and telemetry as thoroughly as any who journey into space.
This doesn’t fully resonate with audiences until I guide them through their own phones, showing the level of detail with which movements are tracked. Some listeners boast that they’ve set their privacy settings to block geolocation. They’re the ones most surprised to learn that, although they can disable their ability to see their own geolocation history and stop geolocation data from being shared with apps, they can’t disable geolocation broadcasting and still have a functioning phone. Here’s the bottom line: if a phone can operate as a phone, it must broadcast its geolocation coordinates with a precision of ten meters (~30 feet) or better. U.S. law requires it.
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