U.S. Court Allows Google Earth Image As Evidence

Google Earth

On June 18, 2015, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that satellite images from Google Earth can be allowed as evidence in federal criminal cases. A three-judge court panel ruled that map images from Google Earth and similar computer-generated content can be used as evidence in criminal cases since such content is not […]


All-Seeing Surveillance Time Machine

Juarez Mexico Surveillance Map

Persistent Surveillance Systems is a U.S. company whose business name accurately describes the technology that they make and sell. Imagine a science fiction novel where all public activities are constantly recorded in an entire city by law enforcement using an all-seeing “eye in the sky”. Now further imagine technology where police can go back in […]


Intelius People Search Bought By Private Equity Firm

Intelius Logo

On July 2nd, GeekWire reported that private equity company H.I.G. had purchased Intelius, a well-known people search, public records and background check company based in Bellevue, Washington. H.I.G. reportedly bought Intelius and their parent company, Inome Inc., in a deal that is believed to be in excess of $100 million. Intelius was started in 2003 […]


Facebook Photos Reunite Mother With Kidnapped Son

Hope Holland

A California mother has been reunited with her son 15 years after he was kidnapped. Hope Holland was separated from her 3 year old son Jonathan when his father kidnapped him and fled to Mexico in 1999. After spending years working with private investigators and child services and getting nowhere, Holland finally found her son […]


Wisconsin Criminalizes Tracking People With GPS


On July 1st, 2015 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the GPS Privacy Act into law. This new state law criminalizes the use of GPS devices to track a person’s location without their consent. This new privacy bill is intended to protect people from stalkers and harrassment. Under the new law, anyone who places a GPS […]