Your Google Searches May Be Used Against You In A Court Of Law

from the so-you-know... dept

While there appears a ton of other evidence (digital and otherwise), one of the pieces of evidence in the murder trial of a man accused of killing his wife was that he searched for "neck snap break" on Google soon before he allegedly killed her. It sounds like prosecutors figured this out just from looking at his computer, rather than by getting the info from Google. Either way, for the potential criminals among our readers, perhaps you shouldn't Google up stuff related to your crime before committing it.
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  1. identicon
    eskayp, 11 Nov 2005 @ 11:00pm

    Re: Googling

    The current online molester stings by law enforcement are a good example of preventing harm by employing modern tech.
    Also, web investigations and tracking have exposed a city official in Spokane, WA. trolling for homosexual partners and offering them city employment.
    A separate incident resulted in the arrest of an individual researching and purchasing ingredients to make ricin -- a very lethal poison.
    The downside comes when people (usually in authority) misuse technology to attack others who are on their enemies list.
    The problem is how to protect the public while also assuring their freedom and privacy.
    Prehistoric man faced a similar problem with fire, which could protect him or kill him.
    Many millenia later fires continue to warm us and harm us.

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