Wednesday, February 15, 2006

DIGILIFE | Court uses search history as evidence: Search To Kill !

In the first case of its kind, Internet search-history is being used against a defendant charged with murdering his wife and daughter.

Apparently, Neil Entwistle from Boston used his PC to search the Internet for "how to kill someone."

Authorities got their hands on his PC, analyzed it and found out that he'd also searched for escort services, in addition to other suspicious information related to murder.

To quote the news reports, “Entwistle looked at an electronic document that describes such things as ‘how to kill people by various methods’; and that Neil Entwistle actually typed in Internet searches regarding how to kill yourself, suicide, how to kill someone with a knife, and euthanasia.’

Chilling isn’t it? It spooked everyone involved to see how an Internet search can give you an inside view of a potential murderer’s thought process!

Anyway, as it turns out, the ‘search’ evidence is being considered, but the much stronger evidence is the defendant DNA which was found on the gun used to commit the murders.

Yet, media is making a big deal out of the 'Internet search evidence' and is treating like it's a first, when no one really knows whether or not governments have been watching users on the Internet for years, and no one admits to anything because its an unauthorized form of surveillance in countries that have laws ad societies that value privacy.

This all brings back the big argument that erupted last month when the US federal government ordered Google to provide search history information.

Google refused saying that it was obliged to safeguard the privacy of its users, citing civil liberties laws as reference in this regard.

Google can rest assured that it hasn't heard the last of this matter and a legal battle is brewing.

In any case, authorities are not waiting for Google, Yahoo or MSN to deliver search information, they are seeking it out from the source- the PCs of defendants, if they have one!

It makes you wonder what a difficult job that would be if criminals started using disk drive cleaning utilities that remove any traces of their Internet activities. It's probably going to happen.

In the mean time, it seems that every person's privacy will be compromised, should search and Internet access records be accessible to authorities. The pressure is now mounting in this regard. Sooner or later, this matter will be cleared up, one way or the other.

The good thing about it is that you catch the criminals who could hurt people, but such information is dangerous as it can be used to black-mail or threaten law abiding citizens who just indulge in some 'embarrassing'

Think about that next time you perform a supposedly private search.


At 11:04 PM , Blogger Hareega said...

I have watched all videotapes of extremists beheading their victimes and cussing the "infidels", hopefully that will never be used against me in any way!

At 1:27 PM , Blogger Zeid Nasser said...

They - whoever they are - probably know!

Actually, if a person isn't accussed of anything his/her seacrh history won't be dug up.

So, watch your step ;)

Thanks for the comment. You got a nice blog by the way.

At 5:17 AM , Blogger Hareega said...

thank you!

At 6:44 PM , Blogger Mohammed Is A Woman, Peace Be Upon Her said...

There is a growing amount of evidence that The Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon Her, is a woman. I recall talking to my young niece, a strong believer in the Prophet, peace be upon Her. My niece became very excited and exclaimed, “You mean that the Prophet, peace be upon Her, is a chick?” Yes I replied. I also said that the Prophet, peace be upon Her, would probably prefer being called a woman, not a chick.


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