When a resident of the United Kingdom got his laptop stolen, he utilized the app, Hidden App and was surprised by the location of his laptop. It was in Tehran, Iran. What was interesting about this app is that it can take pictures of the person using the computer and also screen shots of the computer to see what they were doing online on their computer. What was troubling about this though is that although there was legitimate proof that this couple had a stolen computer, there was nothing they could do about it because it was out of the U.K.’s jurisdiction.
To make light of the situation, Del Torto made a Tumblr of the pictures he was taking of the people using his computer. He was watching everything they did on his computer. There’s even a picture of them playing Jenga when their computer was open. Talk about an invasion of privacy without any defense on account of the fact the computer was stolen.
In an interesting twist to this story, the laptop owner told the couple in Tehran to keep the computer as an apology for posting pictures of them online. The photos are now removed. What interested me in this article was something that we touched in last class about cybercrime. Even though with increasing technology, it is easier than ever to find people doing these crimes, when they are outside of the jurisdiction of a certain government, it isn’t useful. What also is a reoccurring theme in our class is the double-edged sword of technology. It can easily be used to convict people of crime when they document their criminal activities. It worked out for both sides in this particular case but will new criminal laws be enacted for the increasing international cybercrime? It seems unlikely, judging from the difficult nature of international legislation.
I researched more apps that can be used to fight crime and I also saw an app from New York that can be used to report crime instead of calling. It creates a middle man for the crime so that identity of the caller is protected for people who are intimidated or afraid of reporting crime and the repercussions. Is technology making crimes and criminal activity worse or better. It seems to be doing both in my opinion. Creating more crime while simultaneously finding ways to stop them. What is a deterrent however is something that is prolific in the business world. It is not always more profitable to do good.
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