Tech Talk: Policing in the Age of Big Data

Written by Brian Wesolowski

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CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. You can find Tech Talk on SoundCloud iTunes, and Google Play.

Our personal data is everywhere, but how should law enforcement be using that data and what rules should they follow to gain access? In this episode we’ll be talking about policing in the age of big data and what that means for society.

First, Andrew Guthrie Ferguson talks about his new book, The Rise of Big Data Policy. He shares insights on how police departments worldwide are embracing big data in a variety of ways, including using it to predict whether someone might commit a crime. Would you be comfortable having a score attached to you about your potential to commit a crime?

Then we talk with CDT’s Lisa Hayes about a Supreme Court case that deals with law enforcement access to cell phone location data. As that data becomes more precise, should law enforcement be able to access information about our cell phone location without a warrant, or should that information be more fully protected under the Fourth Amendment?

If you want to hear more on location tracking and law enforcement, be sure to join CDT for our event on the topic. It takes place the day before the Supreme Court hears a case on the issue and features Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).

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