If you’ve committed a crime and are on the run from the law, the last thing you probably want to do is Tweet about it, or update your Facebook status to “totally just robbed that bank dude!”
But another social avenue, one millions are a part of, is no safe haven for fugitives either.
Howard County, Indiana Sheriff Department Deputy Matt Roberson was able to track down fugitive Alfred Hightower, wanted on drug charges by seeking the help of WoW-developer Blizzard Entertainment, to catch the poor sap.
According to Massively, Roberson learned of Hightower’s habits of playing World of Warcraft and sent a subpoena to Blizzard, which released Roberson’s IP address, allowing the Sheriff’s Department to pinpoint the perpetrator’s location in Canada.
Officers made the arrest and Hightower is currently being extradited to the U.S. where he’ll be the laughing stock of criminals everywhere.
Technology is changing law enforcement. Technology is a two-way street. Just as county government can use legal process to access electronic records against an adversary like Hightower, the county’s legal adversaries can demand from the county extensive records about activities like police investigations. Experience shows that if the county does a poor job retaining its records, the county can suffer in court. See for example http://legal-beagle.typepad.com/wrights_legal_beagle/2009/11/records-policy.html
WOW, this is SOOO COOL!!
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