Police Pre-Crime Algorithm Uses Social Media Posts Against You in Real Time

nd, astoundingly, we still hear people saying “Well, I haven’t done anything wrong, so I don’t have anything to worry about.”

Trending in the world of tomorrow is pre-crime “predictive policing,” which uses vast Big Data stores to compile profiles on the citizenry, allowing law enforcement and government officials to hone in on targets, with promises of predicting where crimes will happen next, and preparing for encounters with individuals who have been assessed as high risks.

Welcome to the ill-conceived Orwellian-era of “Big Data”-enhanced intelligence-led integrated policing which compiles records from private, consumer, government and social media sector create a pre-crime threat assessment that determines how police will handle you and whether you will be suspected before even doing anything wrong.

Wow! That’s a mouthful of terms.

But it’s true. This technology has already been put into the hands of police across the country.

Private sector surveys have found that 83% of law enforcement now use social media in conducting investigations, while social media data that has been used for probable cause in warrants has been upheld by courts 87% of the time when challenged.