Bait, Mask, and Ruse: Technology and Police Deception

128 Harvard Law Review Forum 246 (2015)

UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 423

8 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2015 Last revised: 17 Apr 2015

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Elizabeth E. Joh

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: April 10, 2015

Abstract

Deception and enticement have long been tools of the police, but new technologies have enabled investigative deceit to become more powerful and pervasive. Most of the attention given to today’s advances in police technology tends to focus either on online government surveillance or on the use of algorithms for predictive policing or threat assessment. No less important but less well known, however, are the enhanced capacities of the police to bait, lure, and dissemble in order to investigate crime. What are these new deceptive capabilities, and what is their importance?

Keywords: covert, deception, police, Fourth Amendment, undercover, technology, GPS, criminal law, internet, DNA, law enforcement, privacy, online

Suggested Citation

Joh, Elizabeth E., Bait, Mask, and Ruse: Technology and Police Deception (April 10, 2015). 128 Harvard Law Review Forum 246 (2015), UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 423, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2593190

Elizabeth E. Joh (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

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Davis, CA 95616-5201
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