Body-Worn Cameras and Privacy Protection
Since the advent of CCTV (Closed Caption Television) cameras in the 1960s, the move towards changing how police record their actions have come a long way. Originally these cameras were installed in London but became more mobile and deployable into recording high crime areas to help police enforce the law and prevent crime. It was nearly 30 years later that in-car cameras were installed in police vehicles in the late 1980s. By the year 2000, car cameras or dashcams were mainstream enough to be in virtually all new police cars.
Privacy Compliance & Retail Surveillance
There are many benefits to having a surveillance system in retail business locations. The cameras deter crime, help catch thieves, protect the business and employees, builds a level of trust for both consumers and employees alike, and surveillance systems even lower the overall cost of insurance premiums. Today, most retail establishments have some surveillance equipment.
Data Privacy and Healthcare Options
Over the last 30 years, the shift of medical records from paper to electronic files has created an increased awareness in the control of private health information. Using computers and databases has created an increase for those with clearance and those without access to and disclosing confidential information. Health care providers and public health practitioners have always valued their patients’ privacy.
Forensics | The Rules, The Scene, and The Collection Process
There is some urgency in learning and understanding the scientific methods involved in evidence collection and forensic testing. Not only is forensics now facing public scrutiny, but labs are dealing with scandal as many wrongful convictions have been discovered based on junk science.
Fingerprint Evidence | Is it Suitable for Trial Court?
For anyone involved, investigators or attorneys, a basic understanding of the fingerprint collection process, how they are located and lifted, can help everyone recognize inaccurate or faulty science in the results. If there is a need to cross-examine a crime scene specialist or as a witness to answer questions, an understanding of the techniques of locating, lifting, and identifying fingerprints is essential.
Bite Marks | Objective Opinion and Junk Science
There is a great deal of difference between a DNA match and a bite mark match. One test is done scientifically, is measured, and the results are factual. The other is done by human comparisons, visual referrals, ideas, and personal objectivity. Knowing how the science is collected, tested, and compared can make a great deal of difference in the measurability of the ‘truth’ behind the results.
Hair Analysis | Science or Objective Opinion
As a crime scene investigator, it is essential to gather as much evidence as possible to solve the crime. This would include any available hair that can be analyzed. While hair analysis results cannot and should not distinctively point out your suspect. It can be the icing on the cake.