Three Things “Creep Catchers” Need to Know about Investigation

  Three Things that “Creep Catchers” Need to Know about Investigation By Jack WeatherellFor most of us there is nothing more sacred than the innocence of a childMost of us would go to great extremes in order to protect a child. These are noble ideas of which few could argue. But sometimes, in our attempt to...

Has Big Brother become the Big Bully?

Has Big Brother become the Big Bully? By Jack Weatherell When do our personal privacy rights give way to national security? When is it ok for Governments to limit our personal privacy on the grounds that in doing so they are protecting its citizens? How do we justify the “Greater Good”? These may seem like philosophical...

Craigslist Scams to Watch Out For

by Laura-Lee WalkerCraigslist is a vibrant marketplace brimming with deals, but it also has a dark underbelly because it’s a cesspool of scammers wanting your money.Some of the scams grossing the most money include rental and car buyer and seller scams.Rental scamsOne common rental scam involves con artists duplicating ads for properties and offering...

The Unintended Consequences of Using Social Media

Written by Laura-Lee Walker (Photo Credit: Courtesy of HTSABO)“The problem is much larger than any one individual’s ability to control their personal information, because there are so many new ways every week or every month in which we can be tracked or things can be inferred about us.” –Alessandro Acquisti, privacy economistThe reasons we...

A New Era of Fraud: In Screen We Trust

Written by Laura-Lee Walker“If you control the code, you control the world. This is the future that awaits us.”—Marc Goodman, Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About ItMarc Goodman, a global security advisor and futurist, wrote a book called Future Crimes and was featured on TED Talk...

What you Need to Know About Canada’s New Anti-spam Law

What if you knew that sending an email to someone without their consent could cost you everything: your house, your car, all of your money and even your business? Would you still send that email? That’s exactly what could happen when Canada’s new anti-spam legislation, passed on December 10, comes into effect this July...

Does Privacy on the Internet Exist?

"If you have something you don’t want anyone to know, you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” –Eric SchmidtInternet users disclose huge amounts of private information about themselves online. Businesses, white-collar criminals, stalkers, employees, predators, and the government benefit from accessing that private information.Although the future may be promising in using biometrics...

Differences Between Surveillance and Stalking

Surveillance serves an important role in investigations. It is a lawful activity and is considered as evidence in court.In contrast, stalking reflects sociopathic tendencies and criminal intent. It’s an illegal activity designed to control the victim’s behaviour and feelings. SURVEILLANCELegalSurveillance activities do not violate any laws. Surveillance is conducted in a way that respects a...

Advances in Aerospace Technology

Innovations in aerospace technologies have succeeded former feats in capacity, speed and capabilities and are being used for everything from transportation and recreation to killing machines. Advanced military droneThe BAE Systems Taransis, based in the UK, is an unmanned combat drone. It’s as fast as a fighter jet, and is able to hit its target,...

Drones in Canada: Interview with David McKay

“I think there is a lot of applications for [drones] and I think they will change our lives.”–David McKay, principal owner of Blackstone ForensicsDavid McKay was interviewed as a knowledgeable source in drone technology. He recently gave a speech about drone use at the PIABC’s (Private Investigators’ Association of BC’s) annual general meeting.McKay was...