2010 was the year that geolocation technologies such as mobile social networks and check-ins exploded into general use and awareness in the United States. In the final quarter of 2010, more mobile phones (100 million) were sold worldwide than PCs (92 million) for the first time. This blog summarizes how mass location based technology will impact criminal and civil litigation.
Three major developments in geo-technology portend a new world of location based electronic discovery (“LBED”) in civil and criminal litigation.
The first technological development is that computers have become so small, powerful, cheap, robust and connected – in short, so mobile – that most Americans now carry one in their purse or pocket.
The second development is the growing use of location technologies that create and store location metadata that is becoming ever more accurate, accessible and, for the truly “wired” (non-wired?), nearly continuous.
The third development arises from the first two: location based services and applications (“apps”) are changing the American business and social landscape as much as any development since the advent of automobiles and highways.