Although law enforcement investigations have always depended on information from private actors, modern technology and big data have transformed an analog collection process into an automated, digital one. This shift has elevated the role that private entities play in the investigative process, mirroring the growth of private influence across the entire criminal system. Many of these private influences have been fiercely criticized.
Farhang Heydari is the executive director of the Policing Project and an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has previously taught courses at Columbia Law School. Before joining the Policing Project, he was a civil rights litigator at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin LLP.
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