Whether it’s wearing a Fitbit, Fuelband, Apple watch, or a similar device which tracks your every move, tens of millions of people have bought into the fitness trend in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This fascinating piece of technology can count your steps, check your heart rate, and even monitor your moods and sleeping patterns, essentially collecting a considerable amount of data of your day-to-day activities. Yet, you aren’t the one with access to your personal tracker information.
These type of tracking devices are now being accounted as evidence in a court of law. If probable cause has been determined, police officers can issue a warrant and obtain information stored in your device to use it for or against you. For example, if you are suspected for a crime, your Fitbit could provide details of your activities when the crime occurred, including how many steps you took compared to the rest of your day or how your heart was reacting at that particular moment. The Apple watch can detect your geo-location, providing police with information regarding where you were at any given point in time.
The legal system already relies on a wide array of technological self-tracking devices as forms of evidence, such as GPS services, apps for tracking bike rides and even black boxes found in airplanes. However, there are still deficiencies.
Some of these devices will count moving your arms around as walking and the sleep-tracking functions aren’t exactly precise in determining what’s considered light and deep sleep. Complexities still arise if data is used to represent objective truth for courtrooms or insurers, especially since it’s being further abstracted by analytics companies which use proprietary algorithms to analyze it and compare it with their standard of what shape a “normal” person should be in.
Upon further development, the shift toward data as a source of “truth” is going to make an impact in the legal system. But just as human judgements can be imperfect, so can the information derived from these type of tracking devices.For more information, contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation.