Privacy activists worry that devices can unleash new kinds of surveillance without the knowledge of users.
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An Ohio man claimed he was forced into a hasty window escape when his house caught fire last year.In Pennsylvania, authorities dismissed rape charges after data from a woman's Fitbit contradicted her version of her whereabouts during the 2015 alleged assault.Vast amounts of data collected from our connected devices – fitness bands, smart refrigerators, thermostats and automobiles, among others – are increasingly being used in U.S. legal proceedings to prove or disprove claims by people involved.Trying to come to grips with data collected, stored and analyzed by all these devices can be daunting.Laykin has consulted or testified in cases of insurance fraud, divorce and other legal proceedings where digital evidence can be relevant.He said the "always on" nature of "Internet of Things" devices means huge amounts of personal information is circulating among companies, in the internet cloud and elsewhere, with few standards on how the data is protected or used.
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