Susan Landau, author of Surveillance or Security?: The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies, told a New Yorker writer that electronic surveillance tools have slashed the time needed to capture fugitives.
. In fact, Landau told me, metadata and other new surveillance tools have helped cut the average amount of time it takes the U.S. Marshals to capture a fugitive from forty-two days to two.
Phone records are, btw, a form of metadata.
42 days to 2 days seems hard to believe. Though if fugitives rely on friends to stay free the ability to look back at, say, every phone call a person has made or received and to know instantly who those calls were to would make places to watch a lot easier to identify. Also, if a person has used affinity cards of grocery store chains and liquor store chains their past movements would be much easier to track. Ditto if a history of their cell phone cell tower uses could be reconstructed.
Anyone know what are the most important pieces of an electronic profile for tracking a fugitive? What do they do on the run? Ue their own cell phones? Do messaging on Facebook?
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