Technology And Your Right To Privacy

Technology and the invasion of privacy and its effects onthe criminal
justice system over
the last 100 years

Will searching the internet for more than 5 hours on this topic I found a
quote that is very
appropriate it says;

Subtler and more far-reaching means of invading privacy have become
available to the
government. Discovery and invention have made it possible for the
government, by
means far more effective than stretching upon the rack, to obtain disclosure
in court of
what is whispered in the closet.
US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandies, 1928

If Justice Brandeis could see the advances in technology, he would realize
just how
prophetic his statement is. He would also be appalled by the new
surveillance technologies
that go far beyond his wildest dreams. Now that the cold war is over,
bureaucracy has
little do but track us from the cradle to the grave, from your bank accounts
to the
bedroom. Several of the technologies created by the defense dept. have begun
to creep
into law enforcement, various civilian agencies and private companies. The
laws on the
books are old in comparison and unable to protect us from violation of our

I the old west there was no system to keep track of criminals. If someone
was wanted he
picture was posted with a reward. If convicted he was sentenced to what the
judge felt
was appropriate.

In the early 60\'s surveillance and tracking was a slow tidious process of
manual and/or
clerical work. To trace a person\'s activities you had to physically follow
them, or search
through volumes of card files. It was necessary to contact every one your
suspect came in
contact with. to learn his habits. Electronic surveillance was on a one to
one basis if your
dept was lucky enough to have it. As an example, it took 500,000 east German
informers and 10,000 transcribers just to listen in on it\'s citizens

Computers capable of storing large amounts of data have revolutionized the
world of
surveillance. The law enforcement benefits are enormous, and government
have been able to expand their reach and efficiency.

Will technology was expanding private business was also researching it\'s
uses. Huge
companies offering credit cards, telephone service, banking and many other
services began to use computers with massive storage capacity.

In this day and age information on every person in the developed world is
and stored in several if not hundreds of computers. Your information is
analyzed and disseminated to..... With computer net works, the net and
links, it is possible
now to track everyone with a single identification number, your social
security number.
With your specific identifier everything about you can be instantly
available. Because
medical, dental, financial and general information is stored in the data
bases, a great deal
of detail about you is readily available. Laws in effect make it difficult
to regulate invasion
of privacy as information travels from state to state or across
international borders.

Through the use of computers, finger prints, ID cards and data matching have
implemented. Tracking these items allows the government, business be
selective in all
processes affecting you. Intrusive technologies generally fit into three
surveillance, identification, and networking. when used together as with
biometrics and ID
cards or video and face recognition, a large segment of the population is
being surveiled
with out knowledge or consent. In a very real sense, what the east Germans
only dreamed
about is becoming a reality here in the United States.

ID technologies have advanced at a vary rapid rate. Use of the Social
Security Number as
ID is rampant. Created in 1938 it was touted as a non-identification number.
It wasn\'t
supposed to be used to identify a person. Today you are lost with out it.

Id cards are almost a necessity in todays society. California drivers
license is now
imprinted with all of your vital statistics. In some states this includes a
finger print or a
processing chip to allow instant access to reading devices. In some
countries the
populations required to carry cards that have all of their information
imprinted in the
magnetic strip. With this card the government can track the every individual
and their
habits. In Europe smart cards are being used that can hold several pages of
information. In
the U.S. optical technology is being used that can hold hundreds of pages of
on a single chip. An example of this is Florida health care company that has
issued it\'s
customers with a card that contains complete medical histories including
x-rays. Once
imputed into a computer the information can be shared with computers any
where. Utah
and other states are considering a smart card to cover all government
services, Like
DMV, welfare and all government functions.

Cards are getting smarter. Active badges used in high tech companies
transmit their
location and can track the whereabouts of the wearer.