FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT: ALGORITHMS STRENGTHEN FORENSIC ANALYSIS, BUT SEVERAL FACTORS CAN AFFECT OUTCOMES

On 6 July, a report from the US Government Accountability Office says that law enforcement agencies use forensic algorithms in criminal investigations to help assess whether evidence originated from a specific individual — improving the speed and objectivity of many investigations.  Forensic algorithms can help analyse latent fingerprints, faces, genetic information, and more. However, analysts and investigators face several challenges, such as difficulty interpreting and communicating results, and addressing potential bias and misuse. The GAO says that it has developed 3 policy options that could help with such challenges:

  • Increased training
  • Standards and policies on appropriate use
  • Increased transparency in testing, performance, and use of these algorithms

https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-21-435sp

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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