It’s clear that technology has provided an incredible advantage in terms of efficiency in our day-to-day lives. However, such increased access and efficiency comes at a major price, specifically when it comes to the security of our personal information. AMU's Dr. Brett Miller writes about what individuals can do to minimize their vulnerability to hackers.
There have been great advancements within public safety technology that have helped make communities safer and first responders more capable. However, there are always gaps present and areas in need of improvement. Major incident responses—such as Sept. 11 or Superstorm Sandy—exposed issues that need to be resolved to improve public safety response. As a result of the after-action reviews of these major incidents there was a national push to improve technology, especially technology involved in communications. AMU professor Giles Hoback discusses the benefits of such technology and the ongoing need for public safety agencies to embrace constant change.
By Gary Minor, criminal justice faculty at American Military University
On June 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the ability to conduct blanket searches of cell phones from an arrested person violated the Fourth Amendment. The case was a combination of two cases: No.
By Dr. Vincent Giordano, Program Director, Criminal Justice at American Public University
In a world where more than 300 million people have cell phones, the use of this technology for communicating during emergencies has become wide-spread and highly controversial (CTIA, 2013).
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (2013), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) allows governmental agencies to send emergency alerts through targeted cell towers to all WEA-enabled devices.
By Leischen Stelter
In the coming months, expect to see several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court that revolve around privacy rights, technology and the Fourth Amendment’s rights regarding search and seizure.
An article in today’s issue of USA Today points to two such cases that the Supreme Court may take on about whether or not police have the right to search mobile devices without first obtaining a warrant.
By Leischen Stelter
Cell phones are proving to be one of the most dangerous weapons inside correctional facilities. “In prisons across the U.S., one of most popular items smuggled into facilities are cell phones and smart phones,” said Mark Bridgeman, President of the North Carolina Gang Investigators Association.