Securus Gives Law Enforcement Upper Hand With New Tech
The fourth amendment protects the American citizen from unreasonable search and seizure. It essentially allows everybody a certain level of privacy from the government. And the average citizen has a reasonable expectation of privacy when it comes to telephone calls. The government should not be allowed to listen to your telephone calls unless they have reason to believe that you are committing a crime.
This is a vital protection, but it can trip up law enforcement officials during a criminal investigation. Imagine the frustration of being a police officer who knows a particular person committed a crime but cannot prove it with physical evidence. Being able to listen to that suspect’s phone calls would be a major boost to the investigation.
Fortunately for law enforcement officers, incarcerated prisoners have forfeited the fourth amendment protections because of their criminal convictions. This allows a third-party company like Securus Technologies to record all the phone calls going into the prison.
Securus Technologies is a technologies company that provides telephone services to jails. The company also innovates on a weekly basis to come up with new ways to help law enforcement do their jobs. One of their most recent innovations gives law enforcement officials the upper hand in preventing crimes.
Anybody calling into a prison is warned that the telephone calls are recorded. This warning effectively waives the fourth amendment right of the person calling in to the prison. This warning also makes these recorded telephone calls admissible in court.
Eager law enforcement officials can use an innovative software program developed by Securus Technologies to instantly search this entire audio database. The software allows a law enforcement official to lock onto a particular vocal fingerprint. Any phone conversation that a single voice has been involved with will be immediately presented to the law-enforcement official giving that official important information instantly.