GeoIP database issues and the real world consequences
haegar at sdinet.de
Wed Apr 13 11:09:35 UTC 2016
On Wed, 13 Apr 2016, Nathan Anderson wrote:
> What I do get upset hearing about, though, is law enforcement
> agencies using that kind of data in order to execute a warrant. There
> is nothing actionable there, and yet from the sounds of it, some LEAs
> are getting search warrants or conducting raids on houses where they
> believe they have a solid 1-to-1 mapping of IP address to physical
> address. Which is absolutely inexcusable.
Just watch any more or less recent CSI / crime TV show.
They have "an IP", enter it into some gizmo, and it spits out the
address, mostly shown on a nice sat image.
That is so "normal" in TV that for Bully Policeman it just has to exist,
and the reaction to a webform where you can enter an IP and get an
address will just be "great, now I also have this" - no further
thinking to be expected.
And finding a Judge signing off nearly any warrant put in front of them
is also not new.
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
- Ben F.
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