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If policing solely based on the prediction of a data model, what if the criminals have access to the system and commit crimes in the areas with low surveillance priority?

asked in DATA360_Spring2019 by (1 point)

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I would say that this would be a pretty large breach of security. Considering the public seems to have extremely minimal knowledge on crime predicting software such as PredPol and CSOP, I would think that it would be extremely difficult for criminals to gain access to it. That being said, I think that even if criminals were to gain access to these softwares, I would think that the crimes they commit in those low surveillance areas would become areas of higher crime rates. I would think there would tend to be a cycle of where crime would be committed.

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I think the criminals she was talking about are those who have something to do with the dirty cops who will share the confidential information, including what these softwares say. I do think that it is very difficult to breach the security of such crime predicting software, but it is not so difficult for the more notorious criminals to use cop connections in gaining the knowledge they need. With that being said, if only a very few criminals know the low surveillance areas, they would be better off commiting crimes without worrying to be caught by surveillance.


I think that is more of an ethical problem, not really related to the privacy issue we are discussing. This problem has happened a lot throughout history. Maybe one of a recent and significant example is the Edward Snowden's case, in which he leaked many confidential information from the CIA to the public.