The case of Pedro Bravo, who has been accused of kidnapping and strangling his friend from the University of Florida, raises much more than meets the eye.
In short, what we think is private, is in fact just another part of our digital footprint, a digital footprint which can be tracked and, as in this case, investigated and used as evidence in a court of law.
Bravo’s iPhone is being used as evidence against him in a court case in which he is being tried for the murder of fellow student Christian Aguilar.
Records identified on Bravo’s iPhone indicate
When asked “I need to hide my roommate”, iPhone’s Siri answered: “What kind of place are you looking for? Swamps. Reservoirs. Metal foundries. Dumps.”
As reported on News.com.au on August 14
That the torch on Bravo’s iPhone was activated 11 times on the night of Aguilar’s disappearance, was additional evidence presented in this ongoing court case.
Beyond determining Bravo’s guilt or innocence on these charges, an overriding issue to me is that of privacy. Clearly what we think is private simply isn’t.
Each time we use our smartphone, we are in fact adding to the enormous amount of data that comprises our digital footprint. How many of us or students in our classrooms stop to think about this fact. Not many, I suspect.