This module is designed to provide students with an overview of the societal and legal implications of new technological methods in criminal investigation. It will provide students with a basic understanding of the technologies in use and an overview of the domestic and international legal frameworks in which these technologies operate.
The aim of the module is to equip students with a solid knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning due process safeguards in criminal justice, data protection and privacy and to raise their awareness of the interplay between them in the applications of technology to crime detection. This will enable students to grapple with the legal, political and ethical challenges posed by new technologies of mass surveillance and critically evaluate both domestic and international responses to their regulation.
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